Leandro Barbosa inked to second 10-day deal


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.

  • BCrayZ

    Whew!

    Hope he stays more than 10 more days.

    Wish he would be healthy enough for the Suns to sign him at least until the end of the year. We already know what he gives the team. Just hope the he gets better & is able to play. Good future insurance to an injury to Eric or Gogi, hopefully not with both out at the same time. Suns could also benefit in future financial flexibility if LB proves himself as a valuable starter, the way Eric did earlier this year. Barbosa is very comfortable playing with Gogi & Frye, as are they. If it comes down to signing (matching another offer for) Eric to a max deal? What happens if LB proves to be a capable replacement at a tiny fraction of the cost? Will that give the Suns the ability to sign even better free agents or trade for others even more deserving of a max deal & potentially a better fit than Eric? Keep an open mind Ryan. Just as we were surprised by how well this team has played, the trio of LB, Gogi & Frye may surprise even some of the most optimistic Suns fans.

    MUST reunite “that killer bench unit.” Let’s go SUNS!!!!

  • GeorgeSteenburgh

    I f9ind it hard to believe that peopoe can not see that the two guard ties will be shared by
    goran eric and LB.
    equally.
    then ‘center wil be shared by Plumbdog and Len.
    this is the future of the suns.

  • http://none Go Phx

    Love it. Get well, LB! Let’s make that home debut against the Nugs! We seriously need your scoring punch and veteran leadership!

  • Swagy :P

    Go Phx – so now you’re an LB fan all of a sudden? Since when?

    All you and SHAZAM did before was talk down about the The Blur signing! Now you want to be his bud. That’s rich!

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  • Scott

    It was predictable that they’d sign him to a 2nd contract. I believe they’d prefer to sign him for the rest of the year, but he’s been so injury prone in his last several years. There’s no point in signing him if he can’t play.

    With any luck, he’s able to play productive minutes tonight and he provides the edge the Suns need to beat the Nuggets.

  • BCrayZ

    That he did Scott.

    From both of our mouths…

    Will see an even more productive Barbosa, like vs. Knicks, when he is allowed tom play with Gogi & Frye. Make it so Jeff.

    MUST start & ALSO finish with LB. Let’s go SUNS!!!!