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Barbosa can be signed for two 10-day contracts at most before the Suns have to make a decision whether to keep him for the remainder of the season. “I’m here for this and I’m going to work really hard for that to happen,” Barbosa said. “I don’t see a point to not stay on the team, so I’m going to do my best so I can help the team and I stick with the team at the end of the year. “The knee is great, like I am right now — happy.” Arizona Republic

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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