Timberwolves sign Barea

The Minnesota Timberwolves signed free- agent guard J.J. Barea on Wednesday.

Barea played in 81 games for Dallas last season, averaging 9.5 points and 3.9 assists. He also averaged 8.9 points and 3.4 assists in 21 playoff games for the World Champion Mavericks.

"We are excited to add J.J. Barea to our team," said David Kahn, Timberwolves president of basketball operations. "His experience, leadership capabilities and all-around play should help us immensely this coming season and beyond."

Over 315 career games (45 starts) with Dallas, Barea has averaged 7.1 points, 2.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds.