The Golden State Warriors bolstered their bench on Thursday morning by signing veteran shooting guard Leandro Barbosa.
Golden State came to agreement with the 31-year-old on a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum salary.According to multiple NBA sources, Barbosa was receiving interest from the Miami Heat before deciding to sign with the Warriors.
Although the Warriors have talent at the guard position with the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, they needed more depth on the bench in terms of guard play. Barbosa seems to be a pretty good pickup for the run and gun style of offense in which the Warriors typically play. Barbosa has been known as a blur out on the court for most of his career. Despite being 31, Barbosa is regarded as one of the fastest guys in the NBA.
Barbosa is an 11-year veteran,who has career averages of 11.9 points and 2.3 assists a game. This speedster played in 20 games for the Phoenix Suns in 2013-2014. He averaged 7.5 points for the Suns last year. Barbosa has also played for the Raptors, Pacers and Celtics during his career.
As of now, Barbosa is gearing up to play in the FIBA World Cup alongside NBA players and fellow Brazil natives Nene, Anderson Varejao and Tiago Splitter as part of the Brazilian national team. Brazil looks like a real contender that could competitively challenge the competition for the FIBA World Cup title. Barbosa is living the life. New deal with the Warriors and an opportunity to honor his country. ” The Brazilian Blur” is California dreamin’.