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J.J. Barea Interview About Wolves Signing

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Here is an interview of Barea in Spanish. For those of you who don't habla the espanol, or prefer not to use google translate, I'll paraphrase the highlights: 1. He is satisfied with his decision to join the team. He had an offer from the knicks for $5 million for two years and another offer (i'm not sure which team) for three years for $9 million. He would have liked to play for the knicks with all their Puerta Rican fans, but he was never even close to signing with them because the money in 'sota was too good. Furthermore, the Wolves showed the most interest. "I'm going to give my heart and soul for them like I did for Dallas." 2. He says that this is a business and the offer was way higher from Minnesota then anywhere else so he had to take it. He understands that the lockout made it so the Mavs couldn't sign him and they would have otherwise (I'm not so sure about that). 3. He is excited to play with the young and very talented Wolves team. 4. The Wolves told him that they want him to bring his character both on and off the court, how he competes and how he always wants to win. 5. Key confirmation of what we have been thinking: He is also being brought in to serve as a mentor to Rubio, to help him with the adjustments on and off the court. Word for word: "Ricky speaks more Spanish than English, and my duty is to help him adjust, teach him that it is a difficult league. I have not even talked to him yet, but we are going to get along well"

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