J.J. Barea still serious about going to Spain

July, 12, 2011
7/12/11
5:35
PM CT
Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea is serious about this Spain thing.

If the NBA owners and players can't come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement that will get the 2011-12 season started on time, the little man who is waiting to cash in big as a free agent reiterated his plan to play in Spain.

Barea's whale of a summer continues this week in Puerto Rico with his Super 60 basketball camp that brings together the island's top 60 prospects ages 13-17.

Interviewed by Caribbean Business, Barea confirmed his previously stated plan to play in Spain next season if the lockout continues.

"We hope to strike a deal, but if we do not, I have a Plan B in Spain," Barea said.

Asked if a specific team has contacted him or if he preferred to play for a particular Spanish club, Barea said: "I have not thought about it. My goal is to play in the NBA next season."

Barea also reiterated his desire to remain with the world champion Mavs, the team he has played five seasons for after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Northeastern.

While Barea will have to wait until the lockout is over to sign with Dallas or elsewhere, he knows he'll be spending the tail end of the summer on the Puerto Rican national team as it attempts to qualify for the 2012 Olympics at the Tournament of the Americas in Argentina.

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