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J.J. Barea interested in the Mavericks -- or the Lakers, Heat or Knicks

June 28, 2011 |  8:00 am

61376923-- Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea tells Primera Hora's Raul Alzaga (link in Spanish) that he'd prefer signing with Dallas but would also remain open to playing for the Lakers, Heat or Knicks.

-- Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin believes Barea could become an overpaid player.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky and 710 ESPN's Dave Miller provide their take on Lakers forward Ron Artest trying to legally change his name to "Metta World Peace."

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky assesses the feasibility of Barea ending up with the Lakers.

--'s Mike Trudell catches up with Darius Morris, whom the Lakers selected with their 41st pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's WildYams provides a player report card on Steve Blake.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at some of the issues surrounding a possible NBA lockout.

-- Lakers Nation's Daniel Buerge analyzes how the Lakers fared in the 2011 NBA draft.

Tweet of the Day: "The Boys & Girls Club not only kept me off the streets & made me a better basketball player, but also a better man. Support your local club." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Lakers fans should give these current Lakers team one more chance to redeem themselves after the 0-4 debacle against Dallas in the western semis. I think this current core will give the Mavs and the Heat a run for their money.

Remember that the Mavs and Heat are also having problems retaining their players. Mavs free agents such as Barea, Tyson Chandler, Peja, Stevenson and Caron Butler will attract some teams and might leave Dallas. THE ONLY PROBLEM FOR THE LAKERS is, playing a lot of basketball during the last 3 years. If they can't win next season then NO EXCUSES and BLOW THIS TEAM UP." --- gareth_edwards_317

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Mavericks point guard Jose Barea is fouled on a drive down the lane by Lakers power forward Pau Gasol during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on May 4, 2011. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times