The Minnesota Timberwolves injected some energy into their backcourt by signing free agent guard Jose Juan “J.J.” Barea, the National Basketball Association (NBA) club said on Thursday.
Terms of the contract offer were not disclosed. The 27-year-old Barea, a native of Puerto Rico, averaged 9.5 points and 3.9 assists in 20.5 minutes per game last season for the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. Barea, a 6-foot (1.83 m) sparkplug in his five seasons with Dallas, started the final three games of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, scoring 17 points in Game Five and 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting in the title-clinching Game Six.
He said he welcomed the challenge of moving from the champion Mavericks to an expanded role with the Timberwolves, who had the worst record in the league last year.