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Report: J.J. Barea leaning toward signing with Heat

Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

Issac Baldizon

The Heat have a starting point guard in Goran Dragic.

They have backup point guards in Mario Chalmers and Shabazz Napier.

And they might add yet another point guard in J.J. Barea.

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Barea was reportedly seeking $3 million per season, which would fit into the taxpayer midlevel exception.

For their sake, I hope the Heat already have a deal lined up with Dwyane Wade before this news leaked. He shouldn’t accept a dime less than the max if Miami is willing to dip further into the luxury tax for Barea.

Of course, the Heat might not view this is a payroll addition. They might view it as the first step to trading Chalmers and/or Napier.

Still, $3 million would be a pretty penny to pay an undersized 31-year-old who relies on his quick first step.