Mavericks Release Barea; Sign Lee
via: NBA.

Mark Cuban keeps proving why he's one of a kind when it comes to owners in the NBA. His way of rewarding loyalty shouldn't be overlooked, as he has showed once again the league is not only about business.

J.J. Barea, who signed a one-year deal with Dallas during the offseason, is expected to be released by the organization. ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported that Cuban expected this to happen but still decided to sign the veteran to reward him for his impact with the organization.

Barea has been 11 years with the franchise. After playing a huge role in the Mavericks title-run back in 2011, he's been a great locker room leader over the past couple of seasons.

The 36 year-old ranks fifth in Mavericks history with 637 games played, trailing only Dirk Nowitzki, Brad Davis, Derek Harper and Rolando Blackman.

In order to fill his training camp roster spot, Dallas will add Courtney Lee, who spent last season with Dallas but had to sit out the NBA restart in Orlando due to a calf injury.