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Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa will sign with the Golden State Warriors for the upcoming season after reaching an agreement on Wednesday.
Barbosa had gotten interest from the Miami Heat, initially. However, he decided to go with the Warriors. The deal is for one year, and Barbosa will get the veteran minimum salary, according to ESPN.
The 2003-04 season was Barbosa’s first year in the NBA. He has played for the Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, and the Phoenix Suns.
Last season, he was with the Suns and averaged 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds per game while shooting 42.7 percent from the floor, 28 percent from behind the arc, and 79.5 percent from the free throw line in 20 games with the Suns, according to Sports Illustrated.
Barbosa has averaged 11.9 points, 2.3 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from the floor, 39 percent from three-point range, and 82 percent from behind the arc during his 11-year career in the NBA.
Barbosa will play for Brazil in the FIBA World Cup which starts this weekend. He joins fellow NBA players Nene, Tiago Splitter, and Anderson Varejao on the Brazilian team. He told ESPN recently that he is just focused on the World Cup right now.
The signing of Barbosa is good news for the Warriors. They had been looking to have some depth at the guard position, and Barbosa will give them some depth at the guard position.