Longtime guardian of the Dallas Mavericks, JJ Barea – as former coach Rick Carlisle often noted the franchise’s final link to the 2011 NBA championship – is poised to move from a gambling career overseas to a position on the Mavs’ team, the Carlisle and GM Donnie ousted Nelson just stayed behind.

“Sure,” Barea said on June 18 when DallasBasketball.com asked him about the idea of ​​returning to Dallas to join the next team. “That’s what I want.”

It’s now happening “in a way,” as the Dallas News notes, after JJB hit basketball outside of the NBA after his release earlier last season. Dallas signed JJB one last time last fall, creating an opportunity to pay him a guaranteed $ 2.6 million contract, despite not expecting him to be listed. They wanted to reward him for his contribution to the team.

“He was a big part of that championship,” said then GM Nelson when the Mavs fired Barea at the end of camp. “I think it was really more of an appreciation for JJ and the amazing things he has done during his career is why we brought him back to the squad as the 16th player and gave him a kind of thank you.”

Barea has long been the subject of discussions regarding the move to the Mavs as an employee, in part because he helped Luka Doncic move to America and the NBA. But on that retirement day, the 36-year-old said, “I want to make sure everyone knows I want to play. Anything could happen this year with the COVID injuries. I could play here in Dallas again. I’ve seen everything in the NBA. I’ve seen some crazy things. “

The 14-year-old veteran did not see this opportunity. But here comes another opportunity.

JJB, who began his professional career in his native Puerto Rico, has represented Puerto Rico many times in international competitions. He was and is also closely associated with Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis and of course with Mavs owner Mark Cuban and others who will remain in this organization even after Nelson and Carlisle have left this week.

We suggested that Dirk Buddy Barea – who knows these locker room dynamics as well as anyone else – join forces with new “special advisor” Dirk Nowitzki, owner Mark Cuban’s team now led by GM Nico Harrison and head coach Jason Kidd can offer added value.