HoopsHype Leandro Barbosa rumors

January 9, 2014 Updates

Like an option for an easy assist or layup, Barbosa could not make a wrong choice. He was either going to rejoin former Suns coach Alvin Gentry and his former Boston coach, Doc Rivers, for a strong Los Angeles Clippers team or return to the Suns in Phoenix, where he played his first seven NBA seasons and had his best years. Barbosa chose the Suns, signing a 10-day contract with Phoenix on Wednesday to put the Suns at the 15-man maximum. Arizona Republic

“I never thought I was going to have a chance to come to Phoenix, seriously,” Barbosa, 31, said. “I never thought I’d come back to the purple. I’m very happy. I had another opportunity to go to a different team but because of everything in the past that happened with me with the Suns, I feel like I have an identity with the city and the team and a couple guys who have played with me (Goran Dragic and Channing Frye) in the past. I decided to come here because I like the Suns. I can’t forget all the best times I had with this team and the fans were great and embraced me. It’s just a pleasure to be here again.” Arizona Republic

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Paul Coro: FIBA clearance is holding up the Barbosa 10-day contract signing. No medical issues. He will be in the stands for tonight's #SunsAtBulls. Twitter @paulcoro

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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

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Puerto Rico drew Brazil for their first game of the tournament, making it a matchup of the top two teams in the tournament and a likely preview of the eventual championship game. The game lived up to its billing, too, considering the score was 62-61 with 2:28 left in the game before Renaldo Balkman rattled off five straight points to help his country score an eventual 72-65 victory. Balkman, the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2006, scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots while playing 37 of the game’s 40 minutes — and he didn’t even choke a teammate in the process. Former Boston University standout John Holland added 15 points and nine rebounds while Minnesota Timberwolves dynamo J.J. Barea struggled to 12 points on 11 shot attempts, committing four turnovers in the process. Other notables on the Puerto Rican squad include Carlos Arroyo (7 points, 2-of-9 shooting), Ricky Sanchez (four points, four rebounds and four fouls) and former USC star — and current 36-year-old chucker — Larry Ayuso (two points, four fouls, five shots). The only NBA player on the Brazil roster is Utah Jazz draft pick Raul Neto because Nene, Tiago Splitter, Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao all decided to sit this tournament out. NBCSports.com

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