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Report: Wolves close to deal for Barea

Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:03 am
 
By Matt Moore 

The Dallas Mavericks will look nothing this season like the team that took the floor at the beginning of last season, nor the one that took the floor for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Tyson Chandler has signed with the Knicks. Caron Butler has signed with the Clippers. And now it appears J.J. Barea will be gone as well. 

NBA.com reports that Barea has received a four-year, $19 million offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves

This deal is right on the cusp between being great value and slightly overpaid. Barea lacks size (obviously) and athleticism. But he's 27, still in his prime, and has an incredible ability to not only manage the offense effectively, but score in bursts using savvy and quickness.

It's easy to pull out the old Timberwolves point guard jokes, but considering their actual situation, with Luke Ridnour being their only other primary viable point. Barea can work in small lineups at the two-guard spot (or extremely big ones if the frontcourt is loaded). He's versatile and plays within the system. He should work extremely well under Rick Adelman.

For the Mavericks, the fans don't even get to enjoy one night of seeing the team that knocked off the Heat to bring the Mavericks their first ring. And the team will be very different when it takes the floor on Christmas against the Heat. The Mavericks won the title and decided to go in a different direction. Immediately.

It should be noted that the deal for Barea is actually less than the Timberwolves paid for Darko Milicic. So they're learning.  
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Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:12 am
 

Report: Wolves close to deal for Barea

Dallas offered him a one year deal for $8m - looks like the world champs actually did think this guy was worth some bucks, just not the years.  Good signing and it looks like Ridnour is on the way out.



Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Report: Wolves close to deal for Barea

The Mavs will look nothing like the team from Game 6?  Because they lost a guy who didn't suit up, a bench player, and one starter?????  Uhhhh.....Kidd, Nowitzki, Terry, Marion......that's not NOTHING like the same team.  That's the same team with different role players.  Chandler's the only one that might have been worth the money he's getting paid now.  Don't get me wrong...I love Barea.  But not for that money.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Report: Wolves close to deal for Barea

2nd worst signing in history? Really? What is the worst free agent signing. Erik Dampier?



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Report: Wolves close to deal for Barea

It is obvious that Minnesota is about to make a deal to get rid of Ridnour. 


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Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:49 am
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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:42 am
 

Report: Wolves close to deal for Barea

Cuban's up to something. It's just so unlike him to let JJ and Chandler go. He's going to swoop in and make a massive signing. Odom was a decent haul, but he's going to get another superstar. I don't know how, I haven't examined their financial situation, but be ready for Gasol or Nene or even Howard or Paul to suddenly wind up in Dallas.



Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:22 am
 

Report: Wolves close to deal for Barea

So when/where is Ricky Rubio going to play?  I am sure he must be estatic that the team now has 2 other point guards beside him on the roster and he left his team in Spain to be on this mess of an NBA team.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:15 am
 

Report: Wolves close to deal for Barea

So you are actually thinking JJ is the key to the T Wolves breaking out this season or that he "ran a championship team" even though J Kidd, J Tery and The 7 foot german with the beautiful jumpshot did all the heavy lifting?  This is probably the second worse signing in basketball history!



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:07 am
 

Report: Wolves close to deal for Barea

The wolves need a proven winner in their lineup. JJ Barea not only ran one of the best offenses in the NBA last season. But he also contributed. And their chances of winning just skyrocketed. Without him their chances were less.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:00 am
 

Report: Wolves close to deal for Barea

A perfect example of "YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!"  Wasnt the point of the lockout for small market teams to be able to compete? Say what you want about Luke Ridnour being the only viable point, how many point guards are on this roster?!!!  How many Small forward types are on this roster?!!!  When you roll out Anthony Randolph, Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley, all 3 being the same player, mixed with Rubio and Barea what chance does that team have of winning?!!! 


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