MINNEAPOLIS -- Coach Rick Carlisle let it known Friday that he had some fond memories of point guard JJ Barea, who was able to jumpstart his NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks.
"He’s a terrific player,'' Carlisle said. "The four years with him were great years for me and great years for our club.''
Barea was a key piece to the Mavs capturing the 2011 NBA championship. The 6-foot paymaker ran the Mavs' pick-and-roll offense to percision and also was a huge factor on defense.
But after the Mavs dispatched the Miami Heat in six games in the NBA Finals, Barea became a free agent and couldn't come to terms with Dallas on a suitable new contract. Barea wound up signing a four-year, $19 million free agent contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who the Mavs play tonight at 7 at the Target Center.
"I'm glad he’s here in a good situation and I’m glad he’s playing well,'' Carlisle said of Barea. "But we've got to try to make it tough for him tonight.’’
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