J.J. Barea fires back after John Wall calls him ‘a little midget’
J.J. Barea won’t be gifted a Rolex watch from John Wall anytime soon.
An on-court confrontation between Barea and Wall was just a warm-up act Monday night. Things really got rolling when the veteran point guards exchanged trash talk via the media after Barea’s Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 98-75 rout of Wall’s Washington Wizards.
Wall, who gave his teammates Rolexes as Christmas gifts this season, has publicly acknowledged chemistry issues with backcourt partner Bradley Beal in the past. Barea’s poke at Wall’s popularity with his teammates also came the day after a Washington Post story about a Wizards team meeting that didn’t go well.
A couple guys took it the negative way, and it hurt our team, Wall told the Washington Post. Instead of taking it in a positive way like we did in the past and using it to build our team up, it kind of set us back a little bit.
The confrontation between Barea and Wall occurred after Barea pushed off against Washington’s Kelly Oubre Jr., getting called for an offensive foul with 7:42 remaining. Wall hit Barea on the arm while attempting to block his shot attempt after the whistle.
Milwaukee’s offer was first reported Sunday by Yahoo! Japan. Darvish, arguably the best pitcher in this year’s free-agent market, retweeted Yahoo! Japan’s report later Sunday.
Darvish, who helped the Dodgers reach the World Series last season, is one of several high-profile free agents who remain unsigned with spring training about a month away. The Japanese ace also has been linked to the Rangers, Cubs, Yankees, Twins and Astros this offseason.
A source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that Darvish has a five-year offer on the table, although it is unclear whether that offer is from the Brewers or another team. The specifics of Milwaukee’s offer to Darvish were not clear as of Monday afternoon.
The Brewers, who went 86-76 last season and fell one game short of a wild-card spot, already have signed veteran starters Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.