Point guard JJ Barea cleared waivers Wednesday and signed a one-year, $1.31 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
To make room for Barea, the Mavs waived second-year point guard Gal Mekel. But the Mavs still owe Mekel $1,763,758 through the 2015-’16 season.
Barea reached a buyout and was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. The nine-year veteran played a prominent role when the Mavs captured the 2011 NBA title and never really wanted to leave Dallas when he became a free agent following that season.
The Mavs trailed the best-of-seven 20011 Finals against Miami, 2-1, when coach Rick Carlisle decided to insert Barea into the starting lineup. The Mavs promptly won the next three games and the series.
Barea joins a crowded group of Mavs point guards which include Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris, and the injured Raymond Felton.