The Phoenix Suns signed Leandro Barbosa to his second 10-day contract on Saturday, and it leads one to believe they team is not concerned about his shoulder injury suffered against the New York Knicks.
Barbosa warmed up prior to the Friday night loss to the Dallas Mavericks and but ended up sitting out on the final day of his contract.
“I was leaving (from the game) to go back to the hotel and they call me and say, ‘Where you at?’ I say, ‘I left,’ ” Barbosa said Saturday. “They say, ‘come back.’ I came back real quick.”
It appears Barbosa will again be questionable heading into a game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
“I feel a lot better today,” Barbosa said. “It’s a little tight, you know. It’s like I said, as long as you feel comfortable, it’s OK.”
Barbosa has missed Phoenix’s last two games following a return from a five-game road trip, where he made the best of his previous 10-day audition. In four games with the Suns, the Brazilian Blur averaged 9.3 points, 2.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. His return from a torn ACL suffered last season with his former team culminated in a 21-point outburst Monday against the Knicks.
With Eric Bledsoe on the sideline, Barbosa could be the extra scoring punch the Suns need when their offense sputters. Then again, Phoenix’s return home has coincided with an efficient offense that was missing on the road trip. The Suns have put up 121 points and 107 points without the pressure on point guard Goran Dragic exhibited before.
Teams can sign players to two 10-day contracts. When Barbosa’s second expires after Jan. 28, he will either walk or sign with Phoenix for the rest of the season.
Jeffrey Sanders contributed to this report.