HoopsHype Leandro Barbosa rumors

February 13, 2013 Updates
February 12, 2013 Updates

Steve Bulpett: More sources saying what we've already been hearing: Testing being done, but it's looking like an ACL for Barbosa. Twitter @SteveBHoop

When asked later if he was pretty much being told that Barbosa's season is over, Garnett responded, "pretty much." CSNNE.com

Gary Washburn: An MRI tomorrow for Barbosa but it doesn't look good. Don't expect him back this season #celtics Twitter @GwashNBAGlobe

February 6, 2013 Updates

There have long been calls for Rivers to give speedy guard Leandro Barbosa more playing time. With Rondo out, Barbosa’s minutes have increased, and so has his production. The “Brazilian Blur” is averaging about 11 points per game in his last four, all of them Boston wins. “He’s been great,” Rivers said. “He’s been a guy all year that, ‘Should you go with him? Shouldn’t you go with him?’ And obviously we should have. “He’s just playing so well. He’s wild at times. I think he scares me and the opposing coach all at the same time. That’s actually not bad to have.” Boston Globe

February 1, 2013 Updates
January 31, 2013 Updates

On Jan. 17, a report from his home country of Brazil indicated that Barbosa had asked to be traded numerous times from the Celtics, but the nine-year veteran denied it. “It was definitely a miscommunication,” Barbosa said. “I never said that. I never said that I wanted to get traded, and if I wanted to get traded I wouldn’t be talking to the media first. I would have talked to Danny Ainge, and then after, my teammates, and then the media. “I knew my role was going to be like that and that’s why I came to the Celtics. It was a dream come true for me and I’m happy to be here.” WEEI.com

With the injury to Rondo, players like Barbosa figure to receive more playing time, but he said he is simply happy to be a part of such a historic team. “Like I said, [it's a] dream come true,” Barbosa said. “It was a team that I was always watching when I was a little kid and there was a lot of good players that [have] been around this team and I just thought that it could be a good experience for me, even though I didn’t have many minutes or opportunity to play. But it was a great situation for me to learn from the older guys and the experienced guys. So, it was great.” WEEI.com

January 29, 2013 Updates
January 19, 2013 Updates

As far as Celtics president Danny Ainge is concerned, Leandro Barbosa has not requested a trade and what’s more, he was in the starting lineup for Friday’s matchup with the Bulls. According to a Brazilian publication, Barbosa said he wanted to be traded or released to seek a team that would give him more playing time. Ainge said Friday that Barbosa has not sought a trade and considers the issue closed. Boston Globe

“You’d have to ask him about the quote, I have no idea,” Ainge said. “But all I know is he’s never come to me and asked to be traded, so I have to take him at his word. He’s never asked me for a trade. “I don’t pay attention to anything at all. He’s never brought anything to my attention. This is some media report. I don’t pay attention to that stuff. I wouldn’t have even known about it had it not been brought to my attention.” Boston Globe

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