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J.J. Barea to be waived by Timberwolves; would like to come back to Mavericks

So they're REALLY (maybe) getting the band back together, then.

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Per ESPN's Marc Stein, the Minnesota Timberwolves are in the process of finalizing a buyout of veteran guard J.J. Barea to get their roster down to 15.

Once Barea clears waivers, it seems the Mavericks have an interest:

See the full story here, but the Mavs would have to make room for Barea by cutting.....someone. Stein mentions Gal Mekel and Greg Smith as likely candidates. Personally, I can't see Greg Smith being the cut, since the Mavs are down a big man after waiving Bernard James the other day to make room for camp invitee Charlie Villanueva.

Marc Stein doesn't speculate callously, and he does say that the Mavs have interest in re-signing Barea. Chuck Cooperstein's thoughts:

More on this as it develops. Speculate away in the comments below.

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