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Barbosa can both shoot and drive effectively.
Barbosa did a nice job for Brazil in the Olympics these past two weeks, proving that he's still got what it takes to help an NBA franchise.
He split last season between Toronto, the NBA bastion for foreign-born players, and Indiana, to where he was traded at the deadline to give the young Pacers a veteran offensive option off the bench.
He was okay for the Pacers after the deal, adjusting nicely to his minutes and points per game falling after moving from an also-ran to a playoff team. But he kind of disappeared in the postseason, managing just 5.7 points per game and shooting threes at a woeful 15 percent clip (he's a career 39 percent shooter from deep).
But that doesn't mean he can't be the Brazilian Blur once again. He's only 29 and led the Brazilian national team in scoring (15 points per game), including in an upset win over silver medalist Spain. He can play the point, spot up and shoot the ball or take it the rim.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Lakers have shown interest in Barbosa, though it remains to be seen what they could pay him after getting Steve Nash and trading for Dwight Howard. Still, he's familiar with Nash thanks to all of their time together in Phoenix, as well as the Western Conference and the Pacific Division.
Don't be surprised to see Barbosa wearing purple and gold this season, aiding a bench unit that managed a league-worst 21.3 points per game last season.