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(Associated Press) Dallas Mavericks' guard Jose Barea, right, drives against Golden State Warriors' forward Anthony Randolph during the second half March 25, 2009 in Dallas.

AP sources: Wolves close to deal with guard Barea

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By Jon Krawczynski, AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- After helping the Dallas Mavericks capture the franchise's first NBA title, free agent point guard JJ Barea is closing in on a deal to help Ricky Rubio learn the ropes in Minnesota.

Two people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday that Barea could have a deal finished as early as Tuesday. The people requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced. NBA.com first reported the deal.

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