Yes, I can confirm ESPN.com's Marc Stein tweets this afternoon that the Wolves are working on an agreement to release  veteran guard J.J. Barea by Monday's NBA deadline to submit final rosters.

That decision will get them down to 15 players afterthey waived Brady Heslip yesterday.

It also means they're keeping a roster spot for rookie Glenn Robinson III.

What it likely came down to is this: Flip Saunders wanted Barea on the team and envisioned a role for him, but it wasn't one in which he could guarantee Barea playing time every game.

Barea told me Friday he saw a role for him here but said he wants to play every game.

Inevitably, the two sides probably decided that neither be happy with the role Flip envisioned, hence the decision to pay off probably most of Barea's $4.5 million due this season.

I say probably most rather than all because Stein also reported that Barea is expected to return to Dallas where he won a NBA title in 2011 after/if he clears waivers.

The Mavs, though, would have to clear a roster spot to make way for him.


 

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