Wolves show interest in adding Mavs' Barea

hide

J.J. Barea, right, joked with Puerto Rico teammate Renaldo Balkman during the Pan American Games in October.

Photo: Martin Mejia, ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Quiet so far in free agency, the Wolves pursued former Dallas point guard J.J. Barea on Saturday, according to a league source.

Another point guard, you say?

Yes, the Wolves already have Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour on the roster, but they are after one who helped the Mavericks win the NBA title last summer.

New Wolves coach Rick Adelman has identified the team's need for another ball-handling, playmaking guard. But it's a third point guard rather than a shooting guard the Wolves targeted.

NBA.com reported New York and the Wolves are after Barea. The only deal the over-the-cap Knicks can offer is a "mini mid-level" 2-year, $5 million deal. The Wolves could offer more.

Barea, 27, fits those team needs, but he's a 5-11 waterbuggish point guard who is miffed that the Mavs, -- saving cap space for next year -- only offered him a one-year contract.

He would give the Wolves a Spanish-speaking player to help Rubio's transition to America.

Barea averaged 8.9 points, 3.4 assists and 18.6 minutes and shot nearly 42 percent from three-point distance in the playoffs. He had 22 points and eight assists in the clinching game of a second-round playoff victory over the Lakers.

ESPN reported Saturday that either the Wolves, Boston or Cleveland could be involved as a fourth team to help facilitate the current three-way trade that would send Chris Paul from New Orleans to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Still healthy

And on the second day of training camp, the Timberwolves rested.

Well, at least relatively speaking. Adelman said he is doing what he can to keep his team fresh during the hectic run-up to the regular season.

Saturday, for example, the scrimmaging was controlled rather than open. And a scrimmage slated for the end of the workout was called off.

"They had worked hard," Adelman said. "We did enough work, so that was it."

Adelman never has been a big believer in two-a-day practices during camp, and he's not about to change that. He thinks players recover better with one practice a day and there is less chance of injury.

For now, two-a-days are not on his agenda, especially since he feels players arrived in pretty good shape.

Bonzi's back

The Wolves added veteran shooting guard Bonzi Wells to the training camp roster Saturday.

Wells, 35, last played in Puerto Rico in 2010 and didn't play last season. He played for Adelman in Sacramento and Houston. He won't practice until FIBA clears him because he last played internationally.

"We thought it was worth looking at him," Adelman said. "I had him twice. I know what he can do. If he's in shape, he can be a factor."

Etc.

• Top draft pick Derrick Williams has signed his rookie contract -- expected to start at more than $4.5 million a year -- on Saturday. Second-round pick Malcolm Lee continues to negotiate a contract, but has agreed to participate in practices until he signs.

• Brad Miller, who is coming back from knee surgery, is scheduled to see a doctor next week and hopes to be cleared to begin basketball activities. He's still shooting to return sometime after mid-January.

• The Wolves have until 5 p.m. Monday to submit a blind bid for released Knicks guard Chauncey Billups but are not expected to do so.

  • WOLVES NOTES

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Arrieta 2 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: D. Axelrod 7
NY Yankees - LP: S. Kelley 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: P. Coke 3
Colorado - LP: J. Lyles 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit 4
Tampa Bay 4 Top 7th Inning
Baltimore 4
Atlanta - WP: M. Minor 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
Cleveland 1 Top 6th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Minnesota 4 Top 5th Inning
Kansas City 3
Texas 2 Top 5th Inning
Houston 0
Oakland - S. Gray 9:05 PM
LA Angels - C. Wilson
Atlanta 24 FINAL
Jacksonville 14
Detroit 23 4th Qtr 7:51
Buffalo 0
Indianapolis 7 4th Qtr 3:51
Cincinnati 35
Kansas City 14 4th Qtr 10:00
Green Bay 27
NY Jets 7 4th Qtr 6:10
Philadelphia 30
St. Louis 13 4th Qtr 8:57
Miami 7
Carolina 10 4th Qtr 15:00
Pittsburgh 0
New England 10 3rd Qtr 3:16
NY Giants 10
Washington 17 3rd Qtr 1:45
Tampa Bay 10
Baltimore 16 3rd Qtr 13:02
New Orleans 13
Chicago 13 3rd Qtr
Cleveland 17
Denver 10 3rd Qtr 12:46
Dallas 3
Minnesota 16 3rd Qtr 12:22
Tennessee 0
San Francisco 14 3rd Qtr
Houston 6
Arizona 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 4th Qtr 12:19
ULM 10
Boise State 3 3rd Qtr
(18) Ole Miss 7
Tulane 21 2nd Qtr 0:32
Tulsa 14
Rutgers 9:00 PM
Washington St
Temple 9:13 PM
Vanderbilt
Weber State 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How many games will the Timberwolves win this season?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close