The contract that unrestricted free agent J.J. Barea will receive from the Minnesota Timberwolves is worth $19 million over four years, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. Barea spent the past five seasons with the Dallas Mavericks; NBA.com's David Aldridge reported that the Mavs, seeking to maximize 2012 salary cap space, offered Barea only a one-year deal at an unspecified amount.
The Wolves have rookie Ricky Rubio and veteran Luke Ridnour at the point guard position, and Wayne Ellington at two-guard. It's conceivable that Minnesota could play small two-point line-ups at times, but Ridnour will be considered to be on the block at this point. Ridnour is due $12 million over the next three seasons.
The Timberwolves have just under $5 million in salary cap space after accounting for Barea. They have been mentioned in rumors for Jamal Crawford, another combo guard, albeit one in his 30s with a stronger scoring streak than any of Minnesota's current backcourt players.