Saturday, June 11th, 2011 at 11:40 am  |  21 responses

Source: Leandro Barbosa to Brazil?

by Gregory Dole

Toronto Raptors‘ guard Leandro Barbosa might be thinking of going back to Brazil to play in the new Brazilian basketball league instead of waiting for the NBPA and the NBA to agree to a new agreement. Barbosa has a one-year player option with the Raptors. The word on the street is that he might play for the Flamengo sports club. Here is a Brazilian link to the rumor.

The story reports that Flamengo is trying to bring a big name to its basketball club and that they have been in conversations with Leandro’s brother and adviser Artur Barbosa.

I spoke with Artur to get his take on the rumor. He confirmed that he has been in conversation with Flamengo as well as other clubs in Brazil. While the Barbosas have stated that they love Toronto, according to Artur, “it would be irresponsible to not consider the Brazilian option. We are from Brazil and we see that the Brazilian economy is booming. There is a lot of money being invested in Brazil these days.”

Artur went on to say that a few Brazilian clubs, including Flamengo, have told him that they are going to send Leandro contract proposals sometime over the next 7-10 days. Leandro returning to Brazil makes some sense within the greater context of Brazilian sport.

Several of the world’s top Brazilian soccer players have transferred from Europe to Brazil in recent months, including Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Adriano. Flamengo’s soccer club made the biggest splash, signing Ronaldinho to a multiple-year contract this past January.

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  • Omnixyience

    first! and WORD.

  • rich

    hope they get rid of his 8 mil contract hes just not worth it at all

  • tomtom

    …what rich said.

  • Thyr

    I’m from Brazil, and that link is certainly not a reliable news source.


    Man f^¢k Ronaldinho! Hes way overrated. Ronaldo, Romario, Rivaldo, Bebeto, amd of course Pele all better than Ronaldinho will ever be. Shout out 2 Roberto Carlos as well

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Click it Heat fans click it
    I dare you!

  • MikeC.

    If he does decide to play in Brazil, I hope Barbosa has a news conference to announce that’s he taking his talents to South America.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max


  • benjo

    Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Adriano are old and done, that’s why they transferred to Brazil.

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    @MikeC- Nicely done..


    NENE is from brazil and hes more ill than this scrub haha


    this dude was a screw up in tdot. hope they get rid of him so that bayless(kemba is coming dude sorry) and JJ can get more min.

  • Ali

    Isnt Ronaldinho with Flamengo’s football club? They’ll be big if they can land Leandro.

  • T-Money

    yeah, it’s a bit misleading to sort of imply that ronaldinho, ronaldo and adriano just decided to go back in the middle of their careers. they couldn’t play first team footbal for the top european clubs anymore. it was really either going back to brazil or playing in the middle east or in the mls.

  • ab40

    olympics 2016

  • Sean

    Bad look – dude is gonna get kidnapped by a gang like they do the footballers/footballer’s families!

  • Melissa Joan Hart

    Aperrently this BASKETBALL blog has turned into a site where people can debate about soccer

  • EtheKnickFan

    @Sean lol. Am I goin to hell for laughing at that?

  • Riggs

    was he really that bad? didnt see many T.O. games but the ones i did see he was ballin for them. Why can’t he go to chicago?

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