You can safely assume Leandro Barbosa won't find a deal that pays him anything on the order of the $7.6 million he made in 2011-12.
Despite hopes that he'd become a guy who could consistently play 30 minutes a game, Barbosa's shoot-first instincts and defensive shortcomings have forced teams to use him as a spark-plug off the bench for 20 to 25 minutes instead. In today's NBA market, that means he'll struggle to earn even a full mid-level exception.
He may very well have to take far less if he's interested in playing with a contender. So, what are his options at this point?
Barbosa claims that the Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns are all in play at the moment, and each scenario makes some sense.
In Los Angeles, Barbosa would be reunited with Steve Nash, who of course led the Suns during Barbosa's most successful campaigns from 2006 to 2009.
With Jodie Meeks, Steve Blake and Chris Duhon already slated to back up Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant, Barbosa's minutes with the Lakers might be limited, but the rotation could theoretically use someone who could create his own offense coming off that bench.
In Phoenix, meanwhile, he wouldn't find many familiar faces, but he'd have plenty of opportunities to contribute behind Goran Dragic and Shannon Brown. Barbosa would allow Jared Dudley and Wesley Johnson to play most of their minutes at small forward instead of at the 2, and he'd provide another option at the point beyond rookie Kendall Marshall and Sebastian Telfair.
The Nets already have a backup point guard in C.J. Watson, and MarShon Brooks reasons to get the lion's share of minutes behind shooting guard Joe Johnson. Nevertheless, Barbosa would provide a different look from the defensively inclined Watson, so Brooklyn remains a somewhat plausible scenario.
Keep your eye on the Cleveland Cavaliers as well. Even with Daniel Gibson in the backcourt rotation, the club could use the help behind Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.