SAN JUAN – The veteran Puerto Rican point guard, Jose Juan Barea, said he has not yet entered into official talks with the Dallas Mavericks about a possible integration into the coaching staff of the newly appointed coach, Jason Kidd.
“The press in Dallas asked me (about the rumor). I told them yes, that obviously I wanted to,” Barea explained to ESPN Sports prior to a match between his new team, the Santurce Crabbers in Puerto Rico, whose owner is the urban music artist Bad bunny.
“(I told them) that I did not know if it would be now, or in the future, but that it is an opportunity that I want,” he added.
The Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día was the first to report on this matter.
Barea, 37, played 11 of his 14 NBA seasons with the Mavs. He was a key piece, from the bench, for Dallas to surprise the Miami Heat of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the 2011 Final.
This team was made up of the future Hall of Fame, Dirk Nowitzki, as well as Kidd himself, the new coach of the ‘Mavs’. Likewise, point guard Jason Terry, who is aiming to join the staff.
“For now there is nothing. I am focused here, 100 percent with Santurce. If something happens, you will find out. There is nothing yet,” repeated the Puerto Rican.
Barea, who played briefly this year with Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB, averaged 8.9 points, 3.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds in his career. He has experience coaching in the Puerto Rico league with the Mayagüez Indians.