Mar 4, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Willie Green at the US Airways Center. The Clippers defeated the Suns 104-96. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Leandro Barbosa joins Warriors, former Suns

Leandro Barbosa will follow up his second career stint with the Phoenix Suns on a team that includes several former Suns. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the veteran combo guard agreed to a one-year, veteran minimum contract with the Golden State Warriors and former Phoenix general manager Steve Ker, now the Dubs’ head coach.

In the Bay, the 31-year-old Barbosa will also team with former Suns head coach Alvin Gentry and special assistant to the head coach and manager of advanced scouting, Nick U’Ren, who was most recently Phoenix’s video coordinator. Kerr and Gentry have good reason to bring on The Blur, who played 20 productive games with the Suns last year.

The favorite of many Suns fans will presumably play with or behind Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston. The Warriors have longed for a attacking combo guard in the past few seasons, but both Jordan Crawford and Toney Douglas failed to fit that role.

Barbosa gave the Suns a big boost in 2013-14 following Eric Bledsoe‘s knee injury. The Brazilian averaged 7.5 points and 1.6 assists per game before his season ended due to a broken hand. He is healthy and playing for Brazil in the 2014 World Cup that begins on Saturday.

 

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