In an interview with a Puerto Rican newspaper, the Timberwolves' J.J. Barea says he would welcome a trade to Brooklyn so he could reunite with his former "compañero," Jason Kidd. The two split backcourt duties, along with Jason Terry, in the Mavericks 2011 championship run.
"Yes I've heard," Barea said of rumors Kidd is interested in him. "I'd love to play for him," noting that he had a good relationship with Kidd as a player when they played together in Dallas. Barea is 29. He signed a four-year, $18 million contract with Minnesota two years ago.
Barea, who is owed $4,687,000 this season and $4,519,500 in 2014-15, said a deal would be difficult and that he would not ask the Timberwolves for a trade.
"I'm not going to ask for the change. It must come from Minnesota. They (Timberwolves) were those who gave me the contract and secured the rest of my life. It is with them with whom I have to perform, "he said.
The Nets are believed to have had discussions with Minnesota last week, but mostly about Luke Ridnour, who makes less money and is an expiring deal. Those discussions fell flat.
- Barea attentive to trade rumors (Google Translate) - El Nuevo Dia