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Timberwolves about to sign J.J. Barea to four-year deal

Dec 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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J.J. Barea, the undersized point guard who slashed his way through defenses (and angered Andrew Bynum), helping bring a championship to Dallas, is about to sign a four-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Dallas offered Barea just a one-year deal (they are trying to preserve cap space for next summer) so he will be jumping to Minnesota, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. This is a four-year, $19 million deal, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Ricky Rubio is the starter in Minnesota at the point and the player of the future. Barea would back him up.

This means that Luke Ridnour is pretty much on the trade block.

The Knicks had been in the mix for Barea but Aldridge explains how that fell apart.

But after using the amnesty provision on Saturday to waive guard Chauncey Billups and dealing forward Ronny Turiaf to Washington as part of the three-team deal that sent Tyson Chandler to New York, the Knicks technically fell under the cap, and thus lost their ability to use the mid-level exception starting at $5 million. They only had the new “room” exception for teams that are below the tax threshold that starts at $2.5 million to offer.

  1. cancionisimas - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    I don’t understand the logic behind the 2.5 exception if the team are under the cap. Can someone explain it?

    • Josh Perez - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM

      It doesn’t make freaking sense. If it was up to me I would eliminate exemption and say “you have 58 millions, make sure your roster is at least 12, spend them well”.

  2. stadix093 - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Don’t they already have 3 point guards? Khan has struck again. Stern should veto this trade just to save the wolves from themselves.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:29 PM

      What makes you think Kahn pulled this off? Reportly Adelman has more say than Kahn.

  3. cosmicatomic - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    He’s more of a combo guard than a true PG. I’m not going to rip Kahn for signing a guy who should bolster the 2nd unit. I’m not sure if this means Ridnour is on the block, but the Wolves definitely need some kind of trade to thin out their roster at the 1-3.

  4. 973yenots - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Damn! After letting chandler go, I thought he was going to be the one person Dallas would keep. I always liked that guy! He played a major part and they come at him with a deal like that. Can’t blame him for going elsewhere.

  5. bozosforall - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    VOID!!!!!

  6. stinkyking - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Smart move by Minny to give Rubio a spanish-speaking backcourt running mate. Although Barea is obviously from a different country and culture, his presence will still ease Rubio’s transition to the states.

  7. sterko - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Clip it, Hang it, Klitch it

    Get a Klitch!

    Theklitch!

  8. Justin - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    I think I read somewhere that Rubio and Barea have the same agent too so even more reason to put these two together. If Rubio turns out as good as Kahn and company feel he is then they will do whatever they can to make him not want to leave.

    Also lets spare some time for the point guard jokes. We now have Rubio, Barea, and Ridnour. We will likely look to trade Ridnour at this point.

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