JJ Barea Rumors
Tim MacMahon: Mavs remain optimistic that they’ll be able to keep JJ Barea. But they can’t discuss money until bigger dominoes fall.
The Bulls also began casting a wide net to add a veteran guard. Rodney Stuckey, Gary Neal, Mo Williams, JJ Barea and Jeremy Lin are just some on the Bulls’ list, sources said.
The Mavs want J.J. Barea back at the same bargain price after paying him the veteran’s minimum last season following his fall buyout from the Minnesota Timberwolves. As a quality reserve guard, Barea expects to be compensated better than that. He’s seeking a multi-year deal with an average salary in the $3 million range, according to a source.
JJ Barea On what it will take to get him back to Dallas next season: Barea: “I think me and Cuban and Donnie, we have a good relationship. They know how I feel about Dallas, so we’re going to try all of our efforts and we’re going to try to put it all together and bring me back to Dallas.”
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, JJ Barea suffered a left ankle sprain today at practice and will not travel with the team to Phoenix.
Mark Cuban on J.J. Barea: “If we can just get back Jet (Jason Terry) we’ll be set. J.J. became available and they got a hold of us and said, ‘Look, we think we’re going to get waived. Would you guys have an interest in him coming back?’ I talked to coach, talked to Donny, and it wasn’t an easy decision because we really like Gal. He improved dramatically and we think he’s got a real spot in this league but coach was like, ‘Look, being able to go small with J.J., with Raymond out initially, it’ll be a good compliment.’ So ‘who let the baby on the court’ is back.”
Dwain Price: JJ Barea has cleared waivers and will sign with the #Mavs for $1.31 million. The Mavs will waive Gal Mekel to make room for Barea.
The Mavericks have an agreement in principle to pay Barea the veteran minimum salary of $1.31 million for a player with eight years NBA experience. The transaction should become official later Wednesday.
Jon Krawczynski: Mavs tried to get Barea from Wolves last year, but teams couldn’t agree on compensation. So as @Marc Stein said, Mavs make sense
Jody Genessy: Some non-Jazz NBA news: The Dallas Mavericks will sign point guard J.J. Barea and cut Gal Mekel, per a source.
Marc Stein: Minnesota Timberwolves are today finalizing a buyout with veteran guard JJ Barea, say ESPN sources
Jerry Zgoda: Wolves won’t play KMartin (groin), Shabazz (some soreness) or JJ tonight, Flip says, so they can get a look at other guys.
The Wolves also signed veteran guard Mo Williams this week, making fellow vet J.J. Barea — who sources say Minnesota is determined to offload as part of a Love deal — more available. It’s believed the Wolves hope to convince Cleveland to take Barea as part of a Love trade or find a third team to absorb Barea’s expiring contract.
Minnesota wants a package for Love to include guard J.J. Barea, who has $4.5 million left on his expiring deal – and possibly guard Kevin Martin, who has three years and $21 million left. As part of a larger deal, the Cavaliers want to include 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future No. 1 pick for Love.
Chris Broussard: Washington frontrunner for Andre Miller, Minny needs to move JJ barea b4 getting him.