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The Heat is serious about adding another shooting guard and a big man if it can find two good ones willing to take the veteran’s minimum. After recently working out Jordan Hamilton (who signed with Toronto) and Chris Douglas-Roberts, the Heat also has inquired about Leandro Barbosa and Jordan Crawford, who both hold appeal to Miami. Miami Herald

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Free-agent guard Leandro Barbosa, who currently is working with the Brazil national team in advance of the World Cup in hopes of showcasing his game for an NBA return, has drawn interest from the Heat. A source familiar with the situation said Barbosa is on the Heat's radar, but is one of several veterans the Heat are considering, with no signing imminent. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 18, 2014 Updates

Alex Kennedy: There's mutual interest between Leandro Barbosa and the Miami Heat, according to league sources. Don't be surprised if he signs with them. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

August 17, 2014 Updates

Leandro Barbosa has had discussions with a few NBA teams about a possible free agent deal, hoping to use the upcoming FIBA World Cup to further prove his health, the 11-year veteran told RealGM. Barbosa hasn’t held visits with any team, nor is he considering a return to the Brazillian league. The 31-year-old has focused on his Team Brazil, which lost to USA Basketball in its first exhibition game. “I don’t know what owners think about the World Cup, but hopefully I do a great job over there and a team sees,” Barbosa said on Sunday. “I feel healthy and my body is feeling healthy. If I have free agency in my mind, I won’t be able to be myself on the court. Hopefully, I sign a contract and I’ll be happy.” RealGM

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Leandro Barbosa: My prayers out to @Paul George Just another mountain to climb, stay strong man #PrayForPG #GetWellSoon #BePatient #BePositive Twitter @TheBlurBarbosa

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So far, 29 10-day contracts have been signed this season, and seven were then signed to a second 10-day contract. Three players – Leandro Barbosa in Phoenix, Chris Johnson in Boston and Cartier Martin in Atlanta -- have been signed for the remainder of the season after first signing on with a 10-day contract. More than ever, however, teams must be judicious in which players they sign. If a player performs so well on a 10-day contract, it might be difficult to sign him to favorable long-term deal. Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 23, 2014 Updates

On March 13, the Suns will have an off night in Boston, and Phoenix guard Leandro Barbosa will go out to dinner with Celtics team physician Dr. Brian McKeon. There is every reason to believe Barbosa will pick up the check. “He saved my life,” Barbosa said. “He saved my life. “He saved my knee. He took care of my knee. Very good guy. Unbelievable job he did with my knee.” Boston Herald

“We talked a lot before he did the surgery, and actually when he opened up my knee he saw that it wasn’t just the ACL,” Barbosa said. “There was a lot more wrong there. The surgery was supposed to be 45 minutes, but it was two hours and 45 minutes. “He got it all right, and I don’t feel anything right now. I’m definitely recovered. It wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for him. “We had my physiotherapist from Brazil come up to watch the surgery, and he told me he’d never seen something like that. He was in the (operating) room with us. He saw everything that was happening, so when we went back to Brazil for the recovery, he could know everything that was going on with my knee. It was great that he brought him here for that.” Boston Herald

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The Phoenix Suns announced today that they have signed guard Leandro Barbosa through the remainder of the 2013-14 season. The 31-year-old Barbosa has appeared in nine games with Phoenix this season over the course of two 10-day contracts, averaging 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21.4 minutes. Barbosa came off the bench to score a season-high 21 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, in 30 minutes of action at New York on Jan. 13. NBA.com

Barbosa’s addition was always a long-term Suns plan but you could not have eased his mind with his second 10-day contract expiring Monday night. Only Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby and Coach Jeff Hornacek could do that when they took him into an empty room after the win and told him he would be signed for the rest of the season. “It was really heavy on my shoulders,” Barbosa said. “I was worried. I can breathe. It was something I had in the back of my mind that I don’t now.” Arizona Republic

In nine appearances, Barbosa has averaged 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21.4 minutes per game with 40.3 percent shooting, including 2 of 12 on 3-pointers. Even after knee surgery and as the team’s oldest active player at 31, Barbosa does not appear to have lost his speed. “My shoulder is not 100 percent but I’m trying to help the team,” Barbosa said. “It’s a great, talented team. Very fun. I’m happy that I found out I’m going to stay. I’m going to pray and thank God because it was a hard time for me when I did the surgery. If I look back and see what I’ve been through, many people didn’t believe I could come back and play for the NBA again. Now, they say they want to stay with me for the rest of the year. It’s a great thing. There are more things for me to do. It’s not like I’m going to get the contract and chill. Now I’m going to work really hard because I really want to help the team and I know I can. But, for now, thank you Phoenix.” Arizona Republic

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