If you were around on Twitter on August 23, then you might have been apart of J.J. Barea’s six minutes as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. In lore, these will be discussed as the greatest six minutes of Philadelphia sports history.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN falsely reported that Barea was coming over the 76ers in the Thaddeus Young trade with the Timberwolves, but it was turned out that was false.
Correction: Luc Mbah a Moute to Sixers as part of three-way trade not JJ Barea. My mistake.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 23, 2014
Even though the report was clarified, it appears that the Timberwolves did attempt to sell Barea to the 76ers.
J.J. Barea was a Sixer for 6 minutes. I will always have those 6 minutes.
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) August 23, 2014
According to Jerry Zgoda of The Star Tribune, the T’Wolves tried to place Barea in the deal for Thaddeus Young, but the 76ers weren’t biting. The guard — who is currently playing for Puerto Rico in the FIBA World Cup — has one year left at $4.5 million left on his deal. He hasn’t been anything worthwhile since moving to Minnesota, which explains why the Sixers didn’t want anything to do with him.
At 31-years-old, Barea doesn’t fit the rebuilding project the 76ers are currently embarking on. Plus, he barely cracks the charts at 6’0″ and we all know that Sam Hinkie doesn’t walk outside of the door for anything under 6’5″. This explains why it was Alexey Shved — a 6’6″ guard — that came to Philadelphia, instead of Barea.