The Dallas Mavericks and J.J.
Charlie Villanueva and the Dallas Mavericks have reportedly agreed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal which is in the range of $1.4-1.5 million, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
The deal includes a player option for a third year, Puerto Rican newspaper El Nueva Dia reported Monday.
Since the start of free agency on July 1st, it was rumored that the two parties had a mutual interest to come to an arrangement. The 6-9 Evans was a late second-round pick by the Jazz in 2010 and has career averages of 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds.
Barea played in Dallas for his first five seasons, helping the Mavericks win the National Basteball Association title in 2011. Barea will have to be the team’s last signing because of the nature of the exception – the team can offer it even if it has reached the salary cap.
Devin Harris and Raymond Felton also are under contract with the Mavs and have plenty of experience playing point guard, but they are best suited coming off the bench.
The Mavs, who open summer league practice Tuesday at American Airlines Center, are also considering signing two other free agent guards, Jason Terry of the Houston Rockets and Jeremey Lin of the Los Angeles Lakers. This move would likely have to involve a sign-and-trade.
The Mavericks already have made one of the biggest splashes in free agency with the signing of DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews. With Jordan in the team, Lin can create openings for both himself and DJ.
While some may see the money as a bit high, Barea’s value to the Mavericks makes him worth it.