What the Leandro Barbosa Signing Means for the Boston Celtics

Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Leandrinho Barbosa #10 of Brazil looks on in defence in the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match between Great Britain and Brazil on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Well, this sort of came out of nowhere.

A day after people were bemoaning the cuts of Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith, the Boston Celtics went out and signed Leandro Barbosa to a one-year deal (via ESPN).

As if the Celtics could get any deeper.

This will now give Boston an unbelievably talented guard rotation of Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley (when he returns), Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Barbosa himself.

This was a C's team that lacked offense last year. There should be no such problem this season, as the acquisition of Barbosa is merely the icing on the cake to what was an incredible offseason for GM Danny Ainge.

The Celtics should be prepared to handle any challenge an opponent throws at them, and they are also more than well-equipped to avoid the scoring droughts that plagued them in 2012.

What will be interesting to see is how Doc Rivers allocates the minutes between these guys when Bradley comes back, and how Barbosa is used. The Brazilian Blur does have good ball skills, so maybe they'll use him as the primary backup to Rondo at point. If that's the case, then expect him to get a solid amount of burn.

There is also the question of whether or not this further opens Boston up for a potential trade during the middle of the season. With all of the depth the C's have in the backcourt, someone will likely be expendable. It should be interesting to watch.

Regardless, this five-headed monster of guards will almost certainly wreak havoc throughout the league this season. They will definitely be fighting each other for playing time, but having five quality players battling one another to determine who sees the floor more is a pretty cushy problem to have.

If you weren't convinced that Boston was a contender before, you should be now. Barbosa could be that final piece that absolutely puts this team over the top.

The Celtics now have yet another player they can add to what should be a much faster-paced offense in 2012-13. One of the main issues with the C's this past season was their tendency to slow things down too much and not generate enough points in the open court. That, and, of course, their lack of bench production. So, essentially, Barbosa kills two birds with one stone.

The 2007-08 championship Celtics team was deep, and the 2009-10 squad had a great bench, too. However, this season, Boston is taking the word "depth" to a new dimension.

What do you all think about this signing?


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