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Report: Warriors to sign Leandro Barbosa to 1-year minimum contract

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Leandro Barbosa is reportedly reuniting with Steve Kerr.  (USATSI)
Leandro Barbosa is reportedly reuniting with Steve Kerr. (USATSI)

Leandro Barbosa will play for the Golden State Warriors next season, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

After Barbosa received initial interest from the Miami Heat, Golden State has secured a commitment from the 31-year-old on a one-year deal at the veteran minimum, according to NBA front-office sources.

The Warriors have been looking for guard depth and happily struck a deal with Barbosa before this weekend's start of the FIBA World Cup in Spain. The Heat, meanwhile, on Wednesday signed fellow veteran Shannon Brownt o add to their backcourt.

Barbosa strengthens a Warriors backcourt that was constantly searching for a reliable backup to Stephen Curry last season until it traded for Steve Blake, who signed with Portland this summer. With Barbosa and fellow free agent signee Shaun Livingston in the fold, Golden State should not have that problem this coming year.

The 11-year veteran appeared in 20 games for the Phoenix Suns in 2013-2014 -- he signed in January and suffered a season-ending hand fracture in March -- with averages of 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was the general manager in Phoenix from 2007 to 2010, and Barbosa was on the team at the time.

Barbosa will play for Brazil in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, which starts on Saturday.

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