Boston Celtics Reportedly Reach 1-Year Deal with Leandro Barbosa
The news comes from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
Free agent guard Leandro Barbosa has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 17, 2012
Let's take a look at this newest development.
What it Means
Barbosa, who joins Jason Terry and Courtney Lee as guards who will don the Celtics' green for the first time this season, has seemingly been linked to every team over the past few months, but Boston was finally able to get him inked.
Good move by the Celtics?
Most notably, the Brazilian Blur is, well, a blur. Sporting a scary 6'10" wingspan for a 6'3" guard, Barbosa also has ridiculous quickness that makes it a near impossible task staying in front of him on defense. Throw in his ability to knock down threes with consistency, and he makes for the perfect instant-offense, instant-energy player off the bench.
Last year, Barbosa averaged 21.6 minutes per game with the Raptors and Pacers, totaling 11.1 points, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals and one three per game. On a per-minute basis, those numbers were all right around his impressive career averages.
This is a sneaky-good pickup.
First of all, Barbosa gives the Celtics some much-needed depth while young guard Avery Bradley, who is on track for a mid-December return, continues to recover from shoulder surgery.
For the time being, the 29-year-old Barbosa, who can play both guard positions, will come off the bench with Lee (or Terry, depending on how the starting lineup shakes out) to help back up Rajon Rondo and Terry (or Lee).
Once Bradley makes his return, the Celtics will have an impressive five-guard rotation.
However the rotation plays out, it's another move that continues to bolster Boston's depth.
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