HoopsHype Leandro Barbosa rumors

March 2, 2014 Updates

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

February 3, 2014 Updates
January 28, 2014 Updates

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

January 18, 2014 Updates
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January 9, 2014 Updates

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

January 8, 2014 Updates
January 7, 2014 Updates

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

January 6, 2014 Updates
January 5, 2014 Updates

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

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