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Barbosa signs with Brazilian team

Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:28 pm
Posted by Royce Young

For once, an NBA player isn't going overseas to Europe to play during the lockout. He's staying right at home. His home, that is.

Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa has signed with Brazlian team Flamengo to play next season. He picked up his player option with the Raptors already so he is under contract though with an NBA team. So of course he'll need that pesky opt-out. Which he does.

"I'm delighted to play in Brazil after so much time, 'cause Brazilian basketball improved a lot in recent years," Barbosa told the Toronto Sun. "I had proposals from China, Turkey and other countries. But I was sure I'd be happy here."

Barbosa is a native of Brazil and spends a lot of time there in the offseason. And an interesting note to this: According to the Sun's story, Barbosa actually considered opting out of his final year in his contact with the Raptors so he could return to Brazil anyway. Problem was, he couldn't find anything close to the $7.6 million he's guaranteed from the Raptors.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:33 pm

Barbosa signs with Brazilian team

Good comment Noles. Barbosa was hampered by injuries throughout his tenure with Toronto. Hedo was hampered by lack of effort, whining and actually a lack of athleticism. I would take Barbosa over Hedo anytime.

But Barbosa getting 7.6 million for what he has brought to the table shows how overpaid NBA players actually are. 

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:50 pm

Barbosa signs with Brazilian team

Have to  agree Turkoglu just mailed it in for the Raptors.Barbosa at least shows some effort an and enthusiasm for the team.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:46 pm

Barbosa signs with Brazilian team

As a Raptors fan, I would rather pay Barbosa that 7.6 million for one season as opposed to paying Hedo Turkoglu for the next 3 - 4 years.

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