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The Dallas Mavericks have been awarded a disabled player exception of $1.85 million after sixth man J.J. Barea suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The NBA has awarded the Dallas Mavericks a Disabled Player Exception of $1.85M with the loss of JJ Barea for the season, league sources tell ESPN. Dallas can use $1.95M to acquire a player in a trade. DPE expires March 11, 2019.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 19, 2019
Dallas must exercise the exception by March 11.
Barea had season-ending surgery to repair his right Achilles on Monday. He suffered the injury during a win at Minnesota on Jan. 12.
Barea, who had 16 points and seven assists in the victory, was cutting for a layup with 6:28 to play when he went down, holding his right Achilles while prone on the floor.
In his 13th NBA season, the 34-year-old Barea is having an excellent season off the bench for Dallas. A member of the Mavericks’ 2011 NBA championship squad, he is averaging 10.9 points and 5.6 assists in 19.8 minutes off the bench this season.