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NBA Free Agency 2011: Timberwolves Sign J.J. Barea

The Minnesota Timberwolves will gain some championship level experience as they have reached an agreement to sign Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea, who helped the Mavs wint he NBA title last season. Barea has played all five years of his career with Dallas, and last season he averaged 9.5 points in 20 minutes per game:

A combo guard whose diminutive size forces him to largely play the point, Barea had a few nice postseason performances for Dallas in 2011. But overall, he shot poorly in the playoffs, just 41.9 percent from the floor and 32 percent on three-pointers.

Barea is expected to mesh with forward Kevin Love much like how he did with Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas. Barea is now expected to split time at point guard with import Ricky Rubio, though both could play at the same time too. Barea's speed and ability to get to the basket will also be an asset.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.