Posted December 13, 2011 on AP on Fox
After helping the Dallas Mavericks capture the franchise's first NBA title, free agent point guard JJ Barea is closing in on a deal to help Ricky Rubio learn the ropes in Minnesota. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday that Barea could have a deal finished as early as Tuesday. The people requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced. first reported the agreement. Barea spent the past five years in Dallas. He blossomed during the Mavericks' run to the NBA title last season, using his speed and quickness to create mismatches and forming a formidable pick-and-roll combination with forward Dirk Nowitzki. He averaged 9.5 points and 3.9 assists last season as the change-of-pace backup to Jason Kidd and started three games in the playoffs as well. Though the deal was still being completed, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was resigned to seeing a key player of their championship run leave. Barea averaged 8.9 points and 3.4 ...
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