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Adrian Wojnarowski of Y!Sports reports that the Celtics have come to terms with free agent combo guard, Leandro Barbosa. The deal is for one-year at the league minimum, as that is all the Celtics had left to offer.
Barbosa’s signing comes exactly one day after the Celtics cut rookie guards Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith from their 19-man roster. It was presumed that Smith and Christmas, along with Kris Joseph, were in competition to earn the 14th and 15th spots on the Celtics opening night roster. The surprise cut of both guards was an indication that the Celtics were in the market for a veteran guard, and Barbosa appears to be that guard.
Barbosa is a nine-year veteran who spent his first six seasons in the league as the 6th man for the ‘seven seconds or less’ Phoenix Suns, and spent last season with the Raptors and Pacers. Barbosa has shot 39 percent from three for his career while averaging 12 point per contest.
With Avery Bradley sidelined for at least the first month of the season, the Celtics needed a fourth guard to round out their rotation in the interim. Barbosa joins what was already one of the leagues most talented backcourts with Bradley, Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry and Courtney Lee already in tow.
Barbosa brings sharp-shooting and above average ball handling to help spell Rondo in spurts. Barbosa inadequacies on defense may make it tough for him to find consistent playing time when Bradley recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.