JJ Barea's homecoming to the Dallas Mavericks might not have come with a huge amount of playing time, but the veteran guard is back and comfortable with the environment in Dallas.
“It’s similar,” Barea said of the differences between his first stint with the team and now, via Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune. “The owner and the staff is the same, the star of the team [Dirk Nowitzki] is the same, and it’s pretty much the same system. It’s definitely the same atmosphere.”
Barea spent the first six years of his NBA career in Dallas, including his key role on the 2011 NBA championship squad. He left the team for a big payday that summer, spending three years with the Minnesota Timberwolves before returning to the Big D this season.
The dynamic veteran guard has no regrets both when it comes to his time in Minnesota and holds no ill will towards the youth movement that led to his exit from the Twin Cities during training camp this year.
“I think we finished on good terms,” the now-Dallas Mavericks guard said, . “We communicated pretty good. They wanted to go another direction. We talked about it and came up with the decision and went from there.”
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