Dallas Mavericks sixth man J.J. Barea suffered a torn proper Achilles tendon throughout Friday’s 119-115 street victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, sources informed ESPN.
An MRI on Saturday confirmed the Mavs’ preliminary concern that Barea tore the Achilles. The workforce formally introduced a “proper decrease leg harm” for the veteran guard after Friday’s sport.
Barea, 34, a longtime Dallas fan favourite who performed a key position on the 2011 championship workforce, has been the chief of one of many NBA’s handiest bench items this season. He’s averaging 10.9 factors and 5.6 assists in 19.eight minutes per sport.
A torn Achilles would finish Barea’s season and put his availability unsure for the beginning of subsequent season. Barea, a former undrafted free agent in his 13th NBA season, is within the last yr of his contract however has stated he plans to play not less than two extra seasons.
Barea, who had 16 factors and 7 assists within the win over the Timberwolves, was injured after chopping for a layup with 6 minutes, 28 seconds remaining within the sport. He grabbed his proper Achilles whereas on the ground. A number of teammates, together with Dirk Nowitzki, provided phrases of encouragement for Barea earlier than he was helped into the locker room.