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J.J. Barea accepts head coaching job in Puerto Rico

The Dallas point guard has a new summer job.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Per Sportando, J.J. Barea is set to become the head coach of Indios de Mayaguez:

The team, which Barea played for during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, is currently in last place in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN), the first-tier Puerto Rican professional league. Barea will replace outgoing coach Bobby Porrata for the duration of the season, which runs through August.

Although this may simply be a stunt by a team desperate to turn things around, it also represents an emerging trend among former (or in this case, current) NBA players looking for alternate paths to head coaching jobs. No longer content to slog through years of assistant coaching in the NBA, players like former Mav and reigning D-League Coach of the Year Jerry Stackhouse are seeking out head coaching jobs in other leagues to give them experience they hope will translate to the NBA.

Perhaps Barea is simply getting an early start.