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Wednesday , Sep , 21 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

J.J. Barea: ‘My first option is going to be Dallas’

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea, a first-time free agent whenever the NBA lockout is lifted, strongly believes he will be back to defend the franchise’s first championship. “If you want to go by percentages, I think 75 percent I’ll be back in Dallas and 25 percent something else happens,” Barea said, now back home in Puerto Rico after a bid to qualify for the 2012 Olympics fell painfully short with a semifinals loss to host country Argentina at the FIBA Americas Tournament. “… My first option is going to be Dallas.”

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HoopsVibe’s very Quick Call: The Microwave 2.0 is pretty confident he’ll re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks.

Recently, J.J. Barea, also known as the reincarnation of Detroit great Vinnie Johnson, told ESPN he’s 75% sure he’ll re-up with Mark Cuban and the world champion Mavericks when the lockout ends.

This is huge.

Barea is a versatile scorer, capable of coming-off-bench and changing the flow of the game or serving as a spot-starter and creating mismatches in the backcourt.

Either way, the Mavericks will need Barea if they are to repeat as champions.

--Oly Sandor.

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