Leandro Barbosa Signed With a Team in Brazil

by August 19, 2011
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Leandro Barbosa will hoop for Brazil’s Flamengo during the lockout, and has the contractual option to return to the NBA once the work stoppage ends. From the Toronto Sun: “I’m delighted to play in Brazil after so much time, ’cause Brazilian basketball improved a lot in recent years,’ Barbosa said. ‘I had proposals from China, Turkey and other countries. But I was sure I’d be happy here.’ Barbosa had considered opting out the final year of his contract with the Raptors to sign a longer deal in his native country, but was not able to find anything close to the $7.6 million U.S. guaranteed the Raptors still owe him for 2011-12. Barbosa has still not had surgery on the injured wrist that limited his production in 2010-11 and will not play for Brazil at the FIBA Americas tournament later this month, a decision that apparently has met with some derision in Brazil. The country last made the Olympics in 1996 and will already be without NBAers Nene and Anderson Varejao.”