After much discussion about whether or not the Sixers would be included in the Cavs-Timberwolves Kevin Love mega-deal, the deal came and passed this passed weekend, with the Sixers acquiring a 2015 protected first-round pick, Alexey Shved and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. In the process, the T-Wolves picked up Thaddeus Young, giving up what seems like a fairly good return to the Sixers.
According to Jerry Zgoda of the Minnesota Star Tribune, the Wolves tried, to no avail, to get the Sixers to take on the expiring contract of J.J. Barea in the deal.
They’ll try to trade him — they tried to get Sixers to take him with no luck — but if that doesn’t happen, they’ll buy him out, I’d think.
The 30 year-old Barea was a key cog in the Mavericks’ 2011 NBA Finals run, but has struggled to live up to the four-year/$18 million deal he signed with the Wolves after that season. When you overpay bench players that broke out on a title team, that tends to happen.
From the Sixers perspective of things, why would they want Barea? Unless the Wolves were willing to tack on another first-round pick to get him off their hands, which they wouldn’t have been, what good do the Sixers get out of him? All he would do is block Tony Wroten from developing, which seems counter-productive to trying to build a deep team for the future. Oh and that $4.5 million price-tag for next year would have been really silly to take on as well.