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2011 Free Agency, Latest News, NBA / Dec 12, 2011 / 1:00 pm

Confirmed: J.J. Barea To Minnesota

J.J. Barea

J.J. Barea (photo. Javier Pesquera)

Point guard J.J. Barea will sign a four-year, $19-million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves later today and could report to the team as early as tonight, a source confirmed to Dime today.

The source requested anonymity because the contract has not been signed but the deal is finalized. Minnesota is expected to announce the deal later Monday afternoon. The deal was first reported by TNT’s David Aldridge.

It wasn’t clear whether the 27-year-old Barea, primarily a backup for five years in Dallas, would start for the Timberwolves, but he fits the profile of a point guard in new head coach Rick Adelman‘s running system.

“Rick Adelman absolutely loves him,” the source said.

Barea was one of the breakout stars in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, leading Dallas to the NBA title averaging 8.9 points per game in 18 minutes during the postseason.

What do you think? Good deal for Minnesota? Good deal for Barea?

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  • Steve

    What about Luke Rids and Rubio? Where are they going to find time for all three to play?

  • P

    “leading Dallas to the NBA title” – Did I miss something?

  • Clutch

    Minnesota has the worst front office in basketball, wait sorry New Orleans is ran by the commish office so they do.

    So Minnesota has the second worst. You have 3 point gaurds and 3 power forwards filling up half your roster. And then you sign a coach, Adelman, who is fantastic but hates playing young players on a team that is all about the youth movement. How does Khan have a job

  • http://brokejumper.com/ Brokejumper

    I think Ridnour will end up the odd man out once Rubio settles in the system, if the wolves tank look for Rubio to garner a lot of PT to fill up seats.