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Ainge Denies Report Of Barbosa Trade Request

Leandro Barbosa reportedly told a radio station that he had requested a trade from the Boston Celtics, but Danny Ainge denied that taking place.

"I think it's been hard for [Barbosa] not to get an opportunity to play as much as he's wanted, but we have said from the beginning, even before he signed here, that minutes might be difficult to come by, because we were deep at that position, and he still chose to come here," Ainge said during his appearance on WEEI. "Actually, early in the year he played more than I expected him to play, and he played pretty well. So I think that we have had a couple of conversations, just about his role and where it went and he seemed satisfied with it. But he's never demanded or asked to be traded or any of those things at all."

When the Boston Herald showed Barbosa the ESPN Brazil story, he told the paper, "No, I want to play. I want to be here. That's it."

Via Greg Payne/ESPN
 

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