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Leandro Barbosa
PG/SG - 6'3, 194lbs - 41 years old - 14 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2020 season
  • Birthdate: 11/28/1982
  • Drafted (NBA): 28th pick, 2003
  • Pre-draft team: Bauru (Brazil)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2003 NBA DraftNBADrafted 28th overall by San Antonio.
2003 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by San Antonio to Phoenix in exchange for a conditional future first round pick (#25, 2005, David Lee).
16th July, 2003NBASigned four year, $4,289,613 rookie scale contract with Phoenix. Included team option for 2006/07.
27th October, 2005NBAPhoenix exercised 2006/07 team option.
4th August, 2006NBASigned a five year, $33 million extension with Phoenix. Included player option for 2011/12.
14th July, 2010NBATraded by Phoenix, along with Dwayne Jones, to Toronto in exchange for Hedo Turkoglu.
25th June, 2011NBAExercised 2011/12 player option.
18th August, 2011BrazilSigned for the duration of the NBA lockout with Flamengo.
5th December, 2011BrazilOpted out to return to the NBA.
15th March, 2012NBATraded by Toronto to Indiana in exchange for a 2012 second round pick (#56, Tomislav Zubcic) and cash.
18th October, 2012NBASigned a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Boston.
21st February, 2013NBATraded by Boston, along with Jason Collins, to Washington in exchange for Jordan Crawford.
20th November, 2013BrazilSigned a one season contract with Pinheiros/Sky. Included NBA out clause at any time.
5th January, 2014BrazilLeft Pinheiros/Sky.
8th January, 2014NBASigned a 10 day contract with Phoenix.
18th January, 2014NBASigned a second 10 day contract with Phoenix.
28th January, 2014NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Phoenix.
10th September, 2014NBASigned a partially guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Golden State.
13th July, 2015NBARe-signed by Golden State to a one year, $2.5 million contract.
19th July, 2016NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year, $8 million contract with Phoenix.
3rd July, 2017NBAWaived by Phoenix.
9th November, 2017BrazilSigned for the remainder of the season with Franca.
Career Moves
1999 - January 2001Palmeiras (Brazil)
January 2001 - June 2003Bauru (Brazil)
June 2003 - July 2010Phoenix Suns (NBA)
July 2010 - March 2012Toronto Raptors (NBA)
August 2011 - December 2011Flamengo (Brazil)
March 2012 - June 2012Indiana Pacers (NBA)
October 2012 - February 2013Boston Celtics (NBA)
February 2013 - June 2013Washington Wizards (NBA)
November 2013 - January 2014Pinheiros/Sky (Brazil)
January 2014 - June 2014Phoenix Suns (NBA)
September 2014 - June 2016Golden State Warriors (NBA)
July 2016 - July 2017Phoenix Suns (NBA)
November 2017 - June 2018Franca (Brazil)
Articles about Leandro Barbosa

June 29, 2017

Leandro Barbosa
PG/SG, 6’3, 194lbs, 34 years old, 14 years of experience

Shot a true shooting percentage of .509, the third lowest of his career, while also shooting the third lowest three point attempt rate of his career at .250%. Doesn’t pressure the ball handler nor contest well, and surely never will at this point, so offence will be the calling card. There are still some good scoring nights left in the tank, though, which might be better served on a contending team. Unless he really wants to stay here, of course, and impart some wisdom in his twilight years.

Player Plan: $4 million salary for 2017/18 with only $500,000 guaranteed. He would be worthy enough of that fairly small amount of money, especially if free agency aspirations do not come to much. However, in light of the need to do something with Knight and/or get something for him, Barbosa’s role when everyone is healthy is less obvious.

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December 10, 2013

Leandro Barbosa - In direct contrast to promise of the opening blurb, Barbosa is currently signed in his native Brazil with Pinheiros, but on a contract that permits him to leave should a playoff team come in for him. He is averaging 22.2 points in 33.4 minutes per game in five games this season, his scoring output improving in every game. As his conditioning continues to improve, Barbosa is a highly likely mid-season call-up candidate.

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March 15, 2012

Today’s other completed trade, thus far, sees another salary dump. Indiana’s swaths of unused cap space have just been used on someone other than Chris Kaman, as they trade a future second round pick to Toronto in exchange for two guards, Leandro Barbosa and Anthony Carter (probably).

The 29-year-old Barbosa played his best basketball a couple of years ago, in the Seven Seconds or Less era, and hasn’t been as productive since it ended. He can’t get to the rim like he once could, prefers the long two to the three for some reason, and just is not especially efficient for one who shoots so much. Nevertheless, he still produces highly, to the tune of 12.2 points and absolutely nothing else per game, a bench scorer so productive that on certain nights this year that he has carried the Raptors offense to victories on nights that they probably didn’t want their offense carrying them to victories. It’s tough to tank when your 29-year-old veteran is scoring 17 points in 25 minutes and eking out wins over fellow tankers. But this is what Barbosa does, and in adding a high caliber sixth man while subtracting nothing from their incumbent roster, the Pacers just improved themselves significantly.

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June 14, 2010

Barbosa's style of plan is easy to explain; it's all offense and no defense. This does not fit with the Bulls philosophy of defense first; then again, nor did Eddy Curry. Nor Michael Sweetney. Nor Ben Gordon. Nor Andres Nocioni. Nor Drew Gooden. And yet all were made into acceptable defenders in their time here, except Gooden.

His time in Phoenix might be drawing to an end, for two reasons; Barbosa's perpetually terrible playoff production, and the continued emergence of Goran Dragic. A three guard rotation of Steve Nash, Jason Richardson and Dragic is no worse than a three guard rotation of Nash, Richardson and Barbosa - therefore, the $7.1 million being spent on Barbosa is being spent unnecessarily. Barbosa is a good player with value to any team, but to Phoenix, his value is marginalised by the play of others. Keeping him around is a luxury more than a necessity, and there's a tax in the NBA to fight against such luxuries.

The perennially tax-paying Suns need that money. Regardless of what happens with Amare Stoudemire, the Suns need to maintain their depth if they are to maintain competitive. To that end, free agents Channing Frye and Louis Amundson need to be brought back. With Ben Wallace's deadweight contract expiring, the Suns might just have the wiggle room to do this without being tax payers: however, they've surely had enough of fighting with that enemy over the years, no doubt still haunted by the memories of the assets it has cost them over the years. If they weren't paying $7.1 million for a third string guard who could readily be a fourth string guard, they'd have the money to retain their good players and maybe add more. Who knows; with an MLE to spend for a change, maybe they could even add Anthony Morrow. A bench unit of Dragic, Morrow, Amundson, Frye and Jared Dudley is a damn fine bench unit.

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