Barea latest to join Mavericks' title reunion

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DALLAS -- J.J. Barea is the latest to join the championship reunion for the Dallas Mavericks.

The diminutive guard who played a key role in Dallas' 2011 NBA Finals victory over Miami signed with the Mavericks on Wednesday after clearing waivers following his release by Minnesota.

Barea is back with Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler, the center whose leadership played a big part in the franchise's only championship.

Chandler signed with the New York Knicks and Barea joined the Timberwolves after Dallas won the crown. Chandler returned in an offseason trade.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn't want to give them long-term contracts three years ago because he thought it would hurt the team's flexibility under the new labor agreement.

Dallas waived guard Gal Mekel to make room for Barea.