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Phoenix Suns Will Reportedly Sign Leandro Barbosa to 10-Day Contract

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Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2014

Leandro Barbosa appears to be headed back to the Valley of the Sun, where his NBA career began 10 years ago.

News of the guard joining the Phoenix Suns comes from The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro, who broke the story Sunday on Twitter:

He'll join the team as it kicks off a five-game road trip against the Chicago Bulls:

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough was with the Boston Celtics as an assistant GM before being hired by Phoenix in May.

He obviously liked something he saw from Barbosa in Boston.

Last season, the 31-year-old Brazilian combo guard averaged 5.2 points while shooting 43 percent in 12.5 minutes a game. His season was cut short by a torn ACL:

There's always reason for concern for a player returning from this injury, but ESPN's Amin Elhassan isn't worried:

While Barbosa does look good considering what he's coming back from, the general wear and tear of a 10-year basketball career has definitely slowed him down a bit.

But if he can be anywhere near what he was during his first stint in Phoenix (he averaged 18.1 points during the 2006-07 season), he'll be good insurance for Eric Bledsoe:

Bledsoe's missed eight games with various injuries this season. Adding Barbosa could relieve some of the sting when Bledsoe's unable to play.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of Sports-Reference and NBA.com and are current as of Jan. 5, 2014.

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