Timberwolves about to sign J.J. Barea to four-year deal

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J.J. Barea, the undersized point guard who slashed his way through defenses (and angered Andrew Bynum), helping bring a championship to Dallas, is about to sign a four-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Dallas offered Barea just a one-year deal (they are trying to preserve cap space for next summer) so he will be jumping to Minnesota, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. This is a four-year, $19 million deal, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Ricky Rubio is the starter in Minnesota at the point and the player of the future. Barea would back him up.

This means that Luke Ridnour is pretty much on the trade block.

The Knicks had been in the mix for Barea but Aldridge explains how that fell apart.

But after 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 only had the new “room” exception for teams that are below the tax threshold that starts at $2.5 million to offer.