Barbosa agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Suns on Wednesday, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. The speedy bench guard has played between 12 and 19 minutes per game in small roles over the past four seasons, and that should continue in his first year with the Suns. Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight each figure to have major ball-handling roles, while Devin Booker's shooting should provide him with the third most guard minutes on the roster. Barbosa should slot in as, at best, the fourth guard in the rotation. He hasn't averaged double-digit points since 2011-12, and other than efficient shooting rates, he won't bring much to the table from a fantasy perspective, barring several injuries ahead of him on the depth chart.
Barbosa will represent Brazil in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Barbosa will be joined in Rio by fellow Warriors teammate Anderson Varejao, who is also a Brazilian national. Both Barbosa and Varejao are free agents this offseason and may have to wait a little while to land with teams as the top available players at their position choose their destinations. In the meantime, Barbosa will keep himself busy by training for the Olympics, following a season in which he averaged 6.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 15.9 minutes per game over 68 appearances.
Barbosa collected 14 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), two rebounds and two assists over 19 minutes during Thursday's 115-101 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. With Andre Iguodala struggling throughout with a tight back-- and heading to the locker room for treatment early in the second half before returning -- Barbosa saw some extra run and was highly productive with the minutes. As he's done on numerous occasions in the past, the 33-year-old displayed a nice shooting touch from all over the floor, posting his third double-digit scoring effort of the series and fourth of the postseason. Although Iguodala was able to return and finish the contest Thursday, he looked physically compromised, meaning Barbosa could well play another pivotal role off the bench in Sunday's Game 7.
Barbosa tallied 10 points (5-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 18 minutes in Sunday's 110-77 Game 2 win over the Cavaliers. For the second straight game, Barbosa reached double figures while seeing only limited minutes off the bench. He's now hit 10-of-12 shots this series, providing the Warriors with a huge lift while two-time MVP Stephen Curry has delivered merely mortal performances in the first two games. Barbosa may have earned himself some more run in the rotation for the remainder of the series with these back-to-back strong outings.
Barbosa (back) was able to return to Thursday's Game 1 matchup with the Cavaliers, Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area reports. The speedy reserve guard tweaked his back in the first half of Thursday's contest, but after getting worked on in the locker room, Barbosa was able to re-enter the game in the fourth quarter. Barbosa has gone 5-for-5 from the floor for a total of 11 points Thursday and the Warriors have been +16 with him on the court. Given that Game 2 is Sunday, Barbosa figures to have enough time to work out any lingering back soreness before tip-off.
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