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Knicks Miss Out on Barea

Free agent point guard JJ Barea has agreed to a 4 year $19 million contract with the T’Wolves. David Kahn strikes again as the Timberwolves now have 17 point guards on their roster. He would have been a nice fit off the bench with the Knicks but his tiny frame makes him a liability on defense. I’m not too bummed out that the Knicks won’t have Barea. I’d like Jamal Crawford but that doesn’t look like it will happen either. The team seems contented to go with Douglas, Shumpert and Bibby at point guard this season. Maybe another veteran point will fill out the roster but I think primarily those are the guys who will play. As long as Douglas doesn’t play 7000 miles an hour and take dribbling tips from Bill Walker then we will be okay.

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JJ Barea Wouldn’t Mind Being a Knick

According to the NY Daily News free agent guard JJ Barea considers the Knicks a great second option if he is unable to return to Dallas:

“I always said the Knicks would be a great second option. I love the city. I love the way they’re playing now, their style of play with D’Antoni, the players over there,” said Barea, who was in Punta Cana to support slugger David Ortiz’s annual charity golf tournament. “We’ll see. I know Carmelo more than Amar’e. I think after (D’Antoni became coach), I said, ‘That would be a great fit for me.’”

I think Barea would be a nice fit. Obviously at 5’9 he is naturally a bit impaired on defense but I think having him as a spark plug off the bench would be a great addition. Logistically, Barea would have to accept a 1 year contract for less money than I assume he could make elsewhere. In sports, free agent players coming off championships are usually overvalued in the market so I expect Barea to get a nice payday. This is an interesting idea and I think he would be a nice fit but I don’t think it can happen if the Knicks are holding out for Chris Paul.

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