Mar 14, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jose Barea (11) prepares to drive to the basket as he is defended by Charlotte Bobcats guard Luke Ridnour (13) during the first half of the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves still looking to deal J.J. Barea

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When it became clear the Minnesota Timberwolves had to trade star power forward Kevin Love in order to keep from losing him for nothing next summer, it looked like veteran point guard J.J. Barea would be attached to Love in a deal. Instead, the Timberwolves focused on getting young talent rather than acquiring assets and dumping contract so Barea remains on the team.

Jerry Zgoda of The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the Timberwolves are still looking to trade Barea.

They’ll try to trade him — they tried to get Sixers to take him with no luck — but if that doesn’t happen, they’ll buy him out, I’d think.

Bara is entering the final year of his contract so it really wouldn’t cost any more money for the Timberwolves to dump him and either way he’d be off of the books next summer.

Barea went for 8.4 points, 3.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game while shooting 38.7% from the field, 34.7% from beyond the arc and 79.0% from the free throw line. Barea, a former Northeastern Huskies’ standout, began his career with Dallas Mavericks back in 2006 and spent the first five years of his career there, playing a major role for the Mavericks when they won the NBA Title in 2011. In his eight-year career,  he’s averaged 8.3 points, 3.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 41.9% from the field, 34.7% from three and 79.8% from the charity stripe.

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