Knicks, Wolves Pursuing Barea

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A source close to free agent guard J.J. Barea said Saturday that the Knicks and Timberwolves are both in pursuit of the 27-year-old, who starred in the postseason last spring during the Mavericks’ run to the NBA title.

The Knicks, according to the source, offered Barea a two-year deal. By 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 could use the new “room” exception for teams that are below the tax threshold that starts at $2.5 million.

Minnesota has not made a specific offer to Barea, though they are talking about contract parameters that would be in excess of the “room” amount, the source said. The Timberwolves could be looking for a mentor for their high-profile rookie guard Ricky Rubio, who finally came over to the NBA after starring in Europe as a teenager. Rubio was taken fifth overall by the Wolves in 2009 but remained in Europe until this summer.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks, keeping with their desire to maximize their cap space for the summer of 2012, have only offered Barea a one-year deal, the source said. That decision left Barea feeling “betrayed,” the source said.

Barea, who had become a key contributor for Dallas the past few seasons, was outstanding in the playoffs for the Mavericks, averaging 8.9 points and 3.4 assists in 18.6 minutes per game in the postseason. He shot almost 42 percent from behind the three-point line, and his 22-point, eight-assist effort in the clinching game over the Lakers in the second round so frustrated L.A.’s Andrew Bynum that Bynum cheap-shotted Barea in the closing minutes of the Mavericks’ Game 4 rout, earning an ejection and five-game suspension at the beginning of this season.

After waiving Billups, the Knicks clearly need help at the point. Their current starter is second-year guard Toney Douglas, though first-round pick Iman Shumpert could see some time there as well this season. And Barea would be an ideal distributor in Mike D’Antoni‘s high-octane offensive attack.

55 Comments

  1. TRENT says:

    Barea is a good pick
    Knicks need to gra b this young man quick.. He will be a superstar in the NBA soon

  2. idiotDonNelsonCuban says:

    Can’t believe that the team you won a championship with is not adequate for another season. Saving money for speculation next season, don’t guarantee you’ll get anything. Tyson was, at least, in the top 5 center and you guys let him get away, because of the possibility of Dwight Howard next year. You guys keep saying you want a good group around Dirk. HELLO! you had one and now you are screwing it up. Maybe Dirk ought to leave; you guys certainly aren’t making him feel welcome. Let’s see, you let, Tyson and Caron go. and you may lose JJ. And you bring in big names like — Rudy Fernandez, Andy Rautins, Brandon Wright. Oh, sorry, Rudy, Andy, Brandon have got championship team written all over them.

  3. Barea in New York is an ideal situation for him. An offense that is suited for him and playing along Melo will take the Knicks deep into the playoffs with Amare and Tyson dominating the paint. Knicks will make noise.

  4. CASAHANOVA says:

    MAVS VS. HEAT REMATCH ………….. MAVS WIN IN 6 AGAIN

  5. TEAMSTAR says:

    HEY THE KNICKS NEED A FIRECRACKER! MR BAREA WILL NOT ONLY BE CONTRIBUTING BUT WILL LEAD THEM TO THE PLAYOFFS TRUST ME. HE WILL SUPPLY THAT RUN & GUN THEY NEED WOW IF THIS HAPPENS I WILL PURCHASE SEASON TICKETS I CANT EVEN AFFORD IM GOING CRAZY LOL PLEASE KNICKS PLEASE DONT LET THIS ONE SLIP AWAY!!!!!!!!

  6. Chris says:

    Knicks are getting some depth oon their roster, uh-oh

  7. BKW5150 says:

    Knicks need to find a way to get Nash on a 2 year deal. Matched with that front court and a coach that knows him. Knicks and Nash get their title.

  8. Yucaman says:

    Barea definitely would be an excellent acquisition for the Knicks, also it would be interesting too including a pact with Carlos Arroyo, as they both play the same system, running the fast brake and better, keep filling the Latino fans at Madison Square Garden and would join the other Puerto Rican player Carmelo Anthony

  9. kingchamaco says:

    I like how so many people say he should go to Miami! Miami should also get Howard and CP3! MAYBE then they could win a championship!!! Probably not though. Dirk did it without having 8 other “superstars” on the roster! Mavs made Barea and Chandler what they are!

  10. Malik Benekin says:

    We need to sign Jamal Crawford Again ! All We Need is A SG , Knicks Are Back Baby !

  11. tenzing says:

    knicks should tried to get baron davis and iam shumpert can be a good back up for him and and landry fields plus they can save some money for 2012 free agents and they might get cp3 as well if they dont use all the cap.

  12. Big SM says:

    And why not the Lakers? He would be a great fit, there. As for the nasty incident last summer: Barea and Bynum are both professionals, they could put it behind them.

  13. Big SM says:

    As for J.J. Barea, You’ve won the Championship, man! Now, just go out there with a clear conscience and earn all the money You deserve!

  14. Big SM says:

    I am disappointed in the Mavericks. Right now I am not sure I would chear for them again unless they play Lakers and Heat again. Even though I love Jason Terry, there are no guarantees that the cheap Mark Cuban won’t turn his back on the Jet, too. He backstabbed a good young player like JJ and didnot want to commit longterm to Tyson, the defensive anchor. Any reason for him to keep a veteran like The Jet?

  15. open-face says:

    Another plus for Barea, although not directly basketball related nor very important, is the cultural Puerto Rican demographic that exists in the melting pot that is New York. He would be embraced easily as he plays good in the system.

  16. Sucka Free says:

    If they think that Barrea is going to replace Chauncey they are kidding themselves!

  17. m says:

    new york is making a big move this offseason… watch out for them

  18. kelogz says:

    Barea is not starting point guard material, a perfect back up though, which is why i think the better fit would be with the T-wolves. JJ coming up behind Rubio, granted rubio plays up to expectations then the two are a lethal force :D

  19. MechaMew2 says:

    If I remember correctly, Toney is in his third year.

  20. micheal jordan says:

    JJ BAREA / MIKE BIBBY / TONY DOUGLAS
    TYSON CHANDLER
    AMARE STOUDEMIRE
    LANDRY FIELDS
    CARMELO ANTHONY

    NBA CHAMPIONS 2011 – 2012

    • CASHANOVA says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA U MUST B JOKING…………….. OR YET SMOKING .. TYSON GONE BAREA GONE FROM MAVS BUT WITH THE ADDITION OF V. CARTER AND ODOM SORRY FOR YA… B SIDES YALL GOTT BEAT BOS, CHI, MIA, ATL, DONT LOOK GOOD FOR YALLLL

    • dirk45 says:

      You wrote this about the Heat last year, didn’t you? A team is NOT just a list of names. Nobody proved it better than Dallas this spring.

  21. LAKERS4LIFE UKNOWIT says:

    Barea should go to LA although it would be weird for him and Bynum

  22. mike from akron,ohio says:

    with barea leaving the mavs,it would leave the door open for them to pursue Billups..

  23. the finishline says:

    JJ should go to Miami, mainly because he proved to be able to give defenses fits when trying to contain him in last years playoffs. The Knicks are the ideal team for him, but given the disrespect the Mavs have shown towards him it’d be nice to see help the team he helped beat last year with a championship and stick it to Mark Cuban!

  24. NBAguy says:

    Chauncey Billups to Miami Heat! Thats the headline.

  25. cxm says:

    Hopefully JJ does end up in New York! His aggressiveness would attract so much defense and lead others open. I like when people talk trash but end up eating their words when he continues to improve. When are you going to learn that size doesn’t ALWAYS matter!

  26. SDS says:

    Best situation for HEAT: get rid of j howard, dampier, bibby, and magloire. get billups and/or barea and a offensive center, but keep anthony for D

  27. Grant says:

    Really!!! Ask Koby and Bynum.

  28. Nba intelligence says:

    Barea will end up going to the Knicks, But in all honesty they need to sign a few more knockdown shooters, and a backup sf/sg to sub for Melo because they have not re-signed Shawn Williams. In my opinion they need to re-sign him because he will play his natural 3 position, and he defends well. That is the ideal backup for Melo, at a low price, and it leaves room to go after another solid veteran Pg, and a Solid backup at The Sg position. Either way, Miami…IT IS NOT LOOKING TO GOOD FOR YALL LOL

  29. Leo says:

    Give me a break! barea shouldn’t be in the League!

  30. shakenbake says:

    Nice Dallas. way to give up key players Chandler who is your defense and Barea who gave alot of team headaches coz even the backcourt of the lakers and miami cant stop you. After giving their heart and soul last season helping the team greatly win the championship now giving them cheap contracts. For Chandler good thing you come to the Knicks they will be a contender just one point guard away. and for Barea. Go to Miami and prove to Cuban he made a mistake. And to the owner Cuban, enjoy the championship ryt now coz thats the last for your team.

    • walterdeus says:

      Dude, Even without JJ or Chandler, we the Mavericks can still choke any team on NBA. Watch my lips and see you during game five NBA finals. We will beat Miami again and repeat the Champonship.

      • shakenbake says:

        Haha! are u kidding yourself Boy? The reason the Mavs are in the finals in the first place is because of Chandler. What are the mavericks without Chandler prior last season? and watch your lips? i cant this is a blog so please think before you write something haha!

      • HeatWave says:

        I would love to see a rematch but I doubt it happens. Oklahoma is taking the west this year.

    • allaroundballer says:

      and they get odom for supersub, i dont know if this work. me prefer the winning team. no one interest dynasty model in nba, squad changes every season even the champion… i miss 90s nba

  31. Dua says:

    Lakers need him. Bynum and JJ…Only in LA LA land

  32. SDS says:

    Barea should go to the heat

  33. jouise says:

    GET VINCE CARTER…. RASHEED WALLACE…

    • laupie says:

      rasheed got retired, you’ve been living under a stone for a year?

    • bt says:

      Yeah sheed is still under contract to the celtics so unless they do a trad that aint happening. Why so many people think that a players contract disappears as soon as they retire is beyond me, If that were the case Dwight & CP3 would retire now, then ocme out of retirement next week and sugn for a different team

  34. HeatWave says:

    Why in the world would you give up Billups for Barea? Heard rumors that Chauncy is looking to go to Miami. Sweet!

    • illone says:

      Because Billups is due to make 14 million, and they offer Barera the ‘room’ cap, What is that $2mill? I guess with the new luxuray tax 3 to 1 on the dollar is looking steep. Plus Billups is getting old, not quick enough to stay infront of Rose or Paul.

    • Knicks says:

      because billups was due to make over 14 million and they needed to make room for tyson.

    • robbay2 says:

      Waiving Billups gave the necessary cap space to sign Chandler and to potentially sign someone else. Barea would be an interesting choice, and I think he has the potential to start after being tucked in on the bench under Kidd’s guidance for years. Not only start, but be a great force, and in D’Antoni’s system, I think that would be very great. Barea and Chandler both have experience with each other, notably in the NBA finals.

      God would that hurt my heart for those 2 to get stolen from my Mavs, but at least they would be on a great team in another conference.

    • nbeatz says:

      IF billups land in miami, miami will be /1 for as long as he is there, they need someone who can defnce, shoot the open three and someone to help guid the young chalmers and the rook. Great fit for about 2 or 3 years and slowly give more minutes to chalmer instead of throwing him in there with startes minutes. that would have them just as deep as 85% of the teams in the leaque at the point position. San Antonio with Parker and now Ford, Suns with Nash and Brooks, Nets with Derron Williams and Farmar, Bulls with just Rose and any back up, and finnally there is the Hornets with Paul (If he stays) and Jack. I would say the Maverick with kidd and (that french kid), would be eaqual apponents. But all other teams they are set for now and the future at the point. People have to remember that Miami does not need a great point gaurd on the scoring side, they need defence and someone woh can hit the open three, and if I can remember Chalmers did that. Billups is clearly n upgrade (For now). Same with the center position, they need someone who can rebound block shots and finish arounf 2-3 feet around the baskit, can Eddy curry do that, I dont think so and think it was a bad move, but if he did loose 70 p;ounds like he said then maby his hops and speed have been upgraded, but well have to see. Why they did not go after DalembertÉÉÉÉ I dont know. GO HEAT AND MY FAVV PLAYER BOSH.
      PS: Bosh will averag around 20 points and 10 reb with a block per game his year and mak yet another All STAR team.

    • CASAHANOVA says:

      NOT SO FAST HE ALSO SAID DALLAS LOOKS VERY TEMPTING… IF CHAUNCY COMES TO D-TOWN ITS DEF. MAVS REPEAT..

  35. franz0 says:

    barea is a good fit for newyork!! but they need a backup center and a 2 guard.. i thnk jrich is good fit!! get it done

    • samuelll says:

      jrich re-signed with Orlando….

    • CASHANOVA says:

      MANNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DID ANYONE CHECKOUT THE MAVS ADDTIONS UNDER THE RADAR??????? VINCE CARTER AND LAMAR ODOM .. WOW WHAT WILL RICK CARLISLE AND CUBAN THINK OF NEXT??????????? I KNOW KOBE IS PISSEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD OFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH SORRY LAKERS