Movistar Students It is having difficulties in the Endesa League for another season and the club wants to root out the problem with an important signing. On this occasion, not only direct from the NBA but with a historic championship in his record. The player is Jose Juan Barea, as revealed Marc Stein (The New York Times). He and the club are finalizing an agreement for Barea to immediately join the ranks of the Estu and can help keep him in the ACB.
Barea has 36 years and his stage in the NBA is over. The Mavericks They offered him a contract that they later cut as a tribute and detail so he could also collect the money for this season. Thus, he paid for the services rendered by a player who was already the only one left in the squad, not counting coach Rick Carlisle, of the only title in the franchise: 2011, with Dirk Nowitzki and company passing over the trio that LeBron led. in the Heat. The Texan team had offered him a position in the technical team, but Barea preferred to continue playing.
The Puerto Rican player has roots in Spain, since his maternal family comes from Ribota de Sajambre (León). He already expressed in an interview a few months ago that playing in the Endesa League it was one of the options that most attracted him if he ran out of a hole in the NBA, which is what has finally happened.
Barea had been in the NBA since 2006, fourteen years and all with the Mavericks. With only 1.78 meters he made a place as one of the safest substitutes in the competition, exceeding 10 points on average in six seasons. The last two seasons he had only played 67 of the team’s 157 regular games due to a painful Achilles tendon injury.
For the Estu it is a significant outlay without taking into account that it has already renewed for the remainder of the season Alessandro Gentile, who started with a temporary contract to replace an Edwin Jackson who is already finishing his recovery. Quality in abundance in a team that, however, has five victories in the Endesa League and looks into the abyss of rest seeing that Betis and Bilbao have strengthened and Gipuzkoa is gaining strength.