Dallas Mavericks veteran guard J.J. Barea has been diagnosed with a torn right Achilles tendon after going down against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news on Saturday, with the NBA confirming as much via their official website.
A statement from NBA.com reads: "As the Dallas Mavericks feared, an MRI on Saturday has confirmed that veteran point guard J.J. Barea has a torn right Achilles tendon, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. And Barea, the Mavericks and doctors are still evaluating the severity."
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The Mavericks have said that the player is weighing his options where surgery is concerned. But the injury has essentially ended his season and his availability remains in doubt for the beginning of next term.
Barea, an undrafted 13-year vet, is in the last year of his contract but had revealed his intention to play for at least two more seasons.
The 34-year-old scored 16 points in the win over the Wolves on Friday, when he was injured whilst cutting for a layup during the final quarter of the game.
Several teammates offered words of encouragement while the player held his right foot in visible discomfort before being taken to the locker room.
What This Means
Barea has been a perennial fan favorite in Dallas, having spent most of his NBA career with the side. He was instrumental in helping them win that championship in 2011 and has been a huge asset since joining the team in 2006.
The vet spent three years with the Timberwolves (2011-2014) but returned to Dallas thereafter. He has been the leader of the team's bench unit, one of the best in the NBA this season, and posted averages of 10.9 points and 5.6 points in 19.8 minutes per game prior to Friday's unfortunate development.
His injury will come as a big blow to the Mavs; and his future with the team is now in doubt, given that he might not be ready to play by the beginning of next season.