Barring trades, Mavs PGs are set
Obviously, Jason Kidd returns as the starter with Beaubois, who could wind up as the starting shooting guard as well as a backup point guard, and Barea, who is set to return for a fifth season with the Mavs, competing for minutes.
President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said the Mavs are prepared to pick up the $1.7 million team option on Barea, who put up nearly identical stats over the past two seasons after doubling his average minutes played after his second season. Barea averaged 7.6 points and 3.3 assists in 19.8 minutes this past season, compared to 7.8 and 3.4 in 20.3 minutes in 2008-09. Barea shot 44.2 percent two seasons ago and 44.0 percent last year, while hitting for 35.7 percent from the 3-point arc in both of the past two seasons.
Coach Rick Carlisle will be charged with figuring out playing time for all three. The goal is to reduce Kidd's workload. He averaged 36 minutes a game and late in the season often logged 40 or more minutes. He averaged 40.5 minutes in the first-round series loss.
Meanwhile, Beaubois will get a bigger bite. Whether that comes more at shooting guard or point guard is to be seen, but the Mavs will be investing plenty of time this summer to sharpen Beaubois' skills at point guard. Where that leaves the undersized Barea is uncertain, but the Mavs know that native of Puerto Rico is one of the team leaders when it comes to heart and determination.
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