In an effort to increase their depth at guard, the Warriors agreed to terms with veteran free agent Leandro Barbosa, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
The deal is reportedly for one year, worth the veteran’s minimum.
Barbosa has spent 11 seasons in the league, the eight of which with the Suns. He appeared in 20 games with the Suns last season, averaging 7.5 points.Nicknamed the “Brazilian Blur,” Barbosa is known for his speed and providing a spurt off the bench. He won the Sixth Man of the Year Award during the 2006-2007 season, when he averaged 18.1 points and 4.0 assists in 80 games, 62 of which he came off the bench.
However, he is 31 years of age, has bounced around the past seasons, and has played sparingly. He hasn’t played more than 70 games in a season since 2008-2009.
With the Warriors, Barbosa will provide more depth at guard alongside Shaun Livingston and Brandon Rush. He will fit in well considering his career three-point percentage of 39.0 percent and his ability to shoot from the outside. His speed, although not the “blur” he once was, will blend in with the Warriors’ loose style of offense.