Mavs Bring Barea Back To The Future
J.J. Barea is investing in a repeat of his success in Dallas under the terms of a one-year, $1,310,286 deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
To make roster room, Dallas will waive guard Gal Mekel, and DB.com is told the club will work to help him land elsewhere.
Barea would had been due his $4.5 million salary had he been claimed off waivers from Minnesota. But he cleared waivers at 4 p.m. and shortly thereafter forged a deal with the Mavericks.
Barea was an undrafted street free agent in 2006 when he surprised and made the roster. Shortly thereafter he became a rotation player, his high mark coming when he started the last three games in the NBA Finals in 2011.
Barea parlayed that success into a handsome four-year, $18-million contract with the Wolves, but now the 5-11 waterbug starts anew with Dallas, where the undersized backcourt features point guards Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris. But the Mavericks are using a combo-guard concept so Barea could also play some 2-guard behind Monta Ellis.
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