News of the guard joining the Phoenix Suns comes from The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro, who broke the story Sunday on Twitter:
The #Suns plan to sign Leandro Barbosa to a 10-day contract.— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) January 5, 2014
He'll join the team as it kicks off a five-game road trip against the Chicago Bulls:
Barbosa will meet the #Suns in Chicago. 10-day is pending a physical. He was playing in Brazil. Last played for McDonough's Celtics in Feb.— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) January 5, 2014
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:
Barbosa is coming off a torn ACL that he suffered last February— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) January 5, 2014
There's always reason for concern for a player returning from this injury, but ESPN's Amin Elhassan isn't worried:
I posted video weeks ago of Barbosa dunking in the Brazilian league....his recovery from ACL has been nothing short of phenomenal— Amin Elhassan (@AminESPN) January 5, 2014
More Barbosa highlights from Brazil....looks tentative at times, but overall no ill effect from ACL http://t.co/S8Ou6F9oPY— Amin Elhassan (@AminESPN) January 5, 2014
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.
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