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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 being sidelined at least a week for a knee sprain. Arizona Republic

Barbosa is expected to join the Suns in Chicago, where they begin a five-game road trip on Tuesday and where Barbosa made a game-winning shot for the Suns in 2007. The 10-day contract is pending a physical. Barbosa was recently considered by the Lakers, who later signed ex-Suns point guard Kendall Marshall. Arizona Republic

December 18, 2013 Updates

Will you play in the FIBA World Cup in 2014 if Brazil gets a wild-card bid? I don't know. I had injuries in the past, and that gave other players the opportunity to play, to develop a little bit, to get experience. The season here, in the NBA, is almost 115 games if you make the playoffs. [The Brazilian Basketball Confederation has] no clue what it is. At the end of the season, you need rest. You need to calm yourself down a little bit. Grantland

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Last summer, Nene decided to stay away from basketball to let his body heal and received a negative backlash when Brazil went winless in the FIBA Americas tournament in Venezuela. “If people want to boo because of the national team and those things, they should boo me,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “Because I really thought this was a summer that Nene needed to take off for his body. The summer before he played, he had plantar fasciitis, and played through it. His body needed a recovery. And when you play 100 games, alright, like we do and you get to a point in your career where your body breaks down a little bit, you’ve got to let it recover. That’s what I wanted him to do. So if Brazil wants to be mad, don’t be mad at Nene, be mad at me.” Washington Post

October 13, 2013 Updates

“It’s amazing,” Nene said of the love he has received and given back since returning to his native Brazil. “You don’t need to a lot. Simple gestures here, you can change people’s day or a kid’s life. In my way here, I just try to spend time with them as much as I can. Sign and take pictures. For me, that’s nothing. That’s my job, but that makes a huge impact on their life.” Washington Post

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