HoopsHype Jose Juan Barea rumors

March 2, 2014 Updates

Kevin Love called out Barea and Dante Cunningham for sitting on the bench during timeouts and pouting because they weren’t playing late in a Jan. 8 loss to Phoenix during which the Wolves blew a six-point lead with 96 seconds left. On Tuesday at Phoenix, Barea again clearly was unhappy when he was taken out midway through the fourth quarter. Saunders on his weekly KFAN radio show said he put Barea “on notice” and said he needs to contain his emotions better. “It’s going to be tough for me to change,” Barea said. “I can calm down a little bit. I let it go real quick. I get a little mad. I wish I could be out there a little longer. Things happen and then I get back to getting my team going from the bench. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

February 23, 2014 Updates

Q Were you hoping to stay here instead of being traded? Jose Juan Barea: You never really want to get traded. I think I’m in a good situation here, and I think we have a good group of guys with a good staff. Q Does it weigh on your mind when you hear rumors? Jose Juan Barea: It’s not really that big of a deal. Maybe a little bit because you have to listen to people ask you about it, but other than that it’s no big deal. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

February 20, 2014 Updates

“It doesn’t bother me,” Budinger said before Wednesday’s victory, before making his fourth consecutive start in place of injured Kevin Martin. “It doesn’t affect me at all. I’m still going to go about my business the same way.” Said Barea: “If it happens, it happens. But it’s not my job to worry about it. I can’t pay attention to that.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

February 19, 2014 Updates

Darren Wolfson: Last trade tweet for now: #Twolves will gladly move JJ. Still some pause in moving Bud. Talks continue. Probably until last min. tomorrow. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

February 17, 2014 Updates
February 4, 2014 Updates

J.J. Barea chatted with reporters after practice on Monday about Saturday night's ejection in the fourth quarter at Atlanta after he refused to quit complaining to the officials about their work and was whistled for two technical fouls. "I just got a little frustrated with a couple calls," he said. "The first technical was fine. I should have stopped after the first one, you know. I think I was a little frustrated when I got to the locker room, I let my teammates down a little bit by getting that second one. But if something happens to me every once in a while...I'm doing a better job lately. I've only gotten two technicals this year. So I've just got to let that one go." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

He said he isn't worried about developing -- or exacerbating -- a reputation. "No, I'm going to play the game I was raised to play," Barea said. "I care a lot. I compete. I'm going to get mad if things don't go my way. That's what got me here, so I'm going to keep doing it." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

January 13, 2014 Updates
January 11, 2014 Updates

Coach Rick Adelman said in his pregame interview he feels the same way, suggesting Love find a better way to express that leadership. “At this stage and age, you have to figure out how to say it,” Adelman said. “Because it’s going to be there forever. We dealt with it [Thursday], talked about it. I don’t think there is any reason to talk about it tonight.” That said, Barea admitted he was unhappy when pulled from the game earlier in the fourth quarter than usual and went to the end of the bench to cool off. “I think it looks a little bad that we were at the end of the bench,” he said. “But it’s something that we’ve got to get better at. I think it won’t happen again.” Love, meanwhile, acknowledged the frustration of so many close losses but said there was no locker room problem. “We just need to continue to be ourselves,” he said. “We all like each other. And we had a great shootaround today.’’ Minneapolis Star-Tribune

January 10, 2014 Updates

Two days after he called out teammates J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham for not leaving the Wolves bench to join their teammates during time outs down the stretch of Wednesday’s one-point loss to Phoenix, Love said chemistry on the team was good. “We’ve been on the same page,” Love said. “Everything that happened is now internal. We’ve moved on from it. And we have a big game tonight.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“A little disappointing, you know?’’ Barea said. “I wish Kevin would’ve just came up to me, face-to-face, man-to-man, and said it. But it’s no big deal. We’re over it. We’ve got to play as a team and stay together as a team, so we’re done with that. We talked, and it’s not really a big deal for me. I just want to win games.’’ Minneapolis Star-Tribune

That said, Barea said he should have joined the team during the timeouts. “I think it looks a little bad that we were at the end of the bench,” he said. “But it’s something that we’ve got to get better at. I think it won’t happen again.” Cunningham declined comment. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

January 9, 2014 Updates

Although Love did not use specific names in the interview, based on the fourth quarter scene on the bench all indications were that his frustrations were aimed at J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham. Barea, who scored eight points in 13 minutes, clearly voiced he was unhappy when he was sent to the bench near the eight-minute mark in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Cunningham recorded three points and one rebound in a season-low 11 minutes. 1500 ESPN

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