The Minnesota Timberwolves are finalizing a four-year deal with J.J. Barea that is believed to be valued at $19 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Barea, 27, played a large role in the Dallas Mavericks 2011 NBA Championship run, earning at least 15 points in each of the series’ final two games. The undersized guard averaged 9.5 points and 3.9 assists in just 20.6 minutes per game in the regular season for Dallas last year.
Barea will join a back court of Luke Ridnour and Ricky Rubio in Minnesota. The Timberwolves finished with an NBA worst 17-65 record last season, however many believe that their talented young roster will allow them to compete in the Western Conference soon. Barea went undrafted in 2006 after a successful career at Northeastern University. The Puerto Rican native has played for the Mavericks since signing with them in 2006.