Reports: Free agent guard Leonardo Barbosa has offer from Mavericks
Although Leonardo Barbosa had a forgettable first half of last season, he started to see a lot more minutes and a chance to start for the Boston Celtics after Rajon Rondo suffered an ACL tear. Unfortunately, Leonardo Barbosa’s 2012-13 campaign ended in similar fashion as he suffered an ACL tear at that point in the season when he was averaging 5.2 points per game.
The 6-foot-3 Leonardo Barbosa originally signed a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics last October, but was traded to the Washington Wizards by the February deadline, as part of the Jason Collins deal. Later, the Washington Wizards let Leonardo Barbosa’s contract expire, by deciding not to re-sign the player and instead making him eligible for free agency.
But after ending last season on an ACL injury, there’s a chance that Leonardo Barbosa might not be completely ready for the beginning of this season, which could have in turn made it difficult for him to land a contract as a free agent. However, Leonardo Barbosa’s brother, who also happens to be his agent claimed that the player has already drawn some receive from across the league, and more specifically with the Dallas Mavericks.
Until most recently, majority of the offers Leonardo Barbosa had received were from teams in his native Brazil, where he last played in 2003. But if Leonardo Barbosa can have it his way, the 10-year NBA veteran will continue to play in the NBA, where he has been since the 2003-04 season. Leonardo Barbosa played the first seven year of his NBA career for the Phoenix Suns, enjoying a career-best season in 2006-07, averaging 18.1 points per game while coming off the bench.
But with Leonardo Barbosa turning 31 shortly after the start of the 2013-14 season, making a comeback from an ACL injury won’t be an easy task for him. Mainly, for a guy like Leonardo Barbosa returning for an ACL injury could really affect his quickness, with Barbosa’s game largely being based around the stated quality.
The former Sixth Man of the Year (2007) hasn’t averaged in double figures over the last few years. The biggest warning sign for a team trying to sign Leonardo Barbosa is his injury history, as Barbosa hasn’t played more than 64 games in a single NBA season since 2008-09.