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Report: Suns to sign Leandro Barbosa to 10-day contract

Jan 5, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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Leandro Barbosa played seven seasons for the Phoenix Suns, and was a member of the 2010 team that finished the season two games away from making it to the NBA Finals.

Barbosa has bounced around since then, playing for the Raptors, Pacers and Celtics over the past three seasons.

The recent injury to Eric Bledsoe, along with the Suns being firmly entrenched as a realistic part of the playoff picture, has the team willing to sign a familiar veteran to see if he might work out on a short-term basis.

From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

The Suns are planning to sign former Suns favorite Leandro Barbosa to a 10-day contract to assess whether the 31-year-old guard can bolster the offense, especially in light of Eric Bledsoe’s knee injury.

Barbosa has not played in the NBA since Feb. 11, 2013, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury while playing for Boston when Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough was the assistant GM there. Barbosa was part of a later trade to Washington but the torn ACL made him just a salary-slotting part of the Jordan Crawford deal while he was at home rehabilitating in Brazil.

After going unsigned this season, Barbosa began playing for Pinheiros in Brazil to try to get his body ready for a NBA opportunity. Barbosa averaged 20.8 points, 3.1 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals in eight games while making half of his 3-pointers.

Barbosa when healthy can contribute meaningful minutes on any NBA roster. It looks as though we’ll get the chance to see what he still has left to provide with the Suns, if only for just 10 days.

  1. fnc111 - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Mmmmm beeeee beeb

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Trade for Luol Deng and Taj Gibson!

      They should give up draft pick(s), one of the Morris bros. and maybe Dragic.

      Then with a high pick in this years draft, they can get closer to being a contender next year.

      • mickdamill - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        How can you even add Dragic into that thought? You are talking about trading for an aging Luol Deng who is almost 30 and a Forward who really isnt doing much more than the Morris brothers, I dont understand how this will make the Suns a defender. The future of the Suns will be with Dragic, he is clearly the leader after how they’ve been performing after Bledsoe’s injury. Either way I’m glad to see the Blur back.

    • mickdamill - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      *beep beep

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        Deng is 28 you ***** and Dragic is 27. If 28 is old then you must be talking about tennis.

        The Bledsoe and Dragic backcourt is fools gold. No way they can win in the playoffs. One guy has to go…and it aint Bledsoe.

  2. saint1997 - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    do you think the Suns would take Eric Gordon now? When Jrue is on the court WITHOUT Gordon, he shoots 48.9% from the field and averages 21.25 points, 9 assists, and just 2.65 turnovers per 36 minutes. Oh, and the Pelicans are +7.4 per 36 minutes. When Jrue is on the court WITH Eric Gordon, he shoots just 43.8% and averages 14.45 points, 8.5 assists, and 3.5 turnovers per 36 minutes. And the Pelicans are just +.18 per 36 minutes. I think the Pelicans kind of want to move him about now

  3. pharohislife - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    My man, nice to see him rebound and get a chance to play in the league again. He was great for us in Boston last year before his season ending injury.

  4. lakerade - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Seems like the Suns try to or do sign him every season.

    • buckshowalter - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      The suns havent tried to sign him since he left…

  5. nyhammerhead - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    He was a breath of fresh air for the Raps. We miss his smile and his hustle. Good Luck with the Suns. Suns the surprise of the West this season.

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