Dallas Mavericks Sixth Man J.J. Barea suffered a broken right Achilles late in Friday's 119-115 road win over Minnesota Timberwolves, sources told ESPN.
An MRI on Saturday confirmed Mav's first fear of Barea's rev Achilles. The team officially announced a "right leg injury" for the veteran guard after Friday's game.
Barea, 34, a long-standing Dallas fan favorite who played a key role in the 2011 Championships, has been the leader of one of the NBA's most effective bench units this season. He is on average 10.9 points and 5.6 helps 19.8 minutes per game.
A Achilles tower would finish Barea's season and questioned its availability for the start of the next season. Barea, who was previously untreated free agent in his 1
Barea, who had 16 points and 7, helps win over the Timberwolves got injured after cutting for a 6-minute setup, 28 seconds left in the game. He took his right Achilles on the floor. Several teammates, including Dirk Nowitzki, offered encouraging words to Barea before helping himself to the dressing room.