Leandro Barbosa Hopes World Cup Increases Free Agency Interest
CHICAGO -- Leandro Barbosa has had discussions with a few NBA teams about a possible free agent deal, hoping to use the upcoming FIBA World Cup to further prove his health, the 11-year veteran told RealGM.
Barbosa hasn’t held visits with any team, nor is he considering a return to the Brazillian league. The 31-year-old has focused on his Team Brazil, which lost to USA Basketball in its first exhibition game.
“I don’t know what owners think about the World Cup, but hopefully I do a great job over there and a team sees,” Barbosa said on Sunday. “I feel healthy and my body is feeling healthy. If I have free agency in my mind, I won’t be able to be myself on the court. Hopefully, I sign a contract and I’ll be happy.”
Barbosa, who scored 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting to go with four assists and four rebounds on Sunday, spent part of last season with a Brazillian club before joining the Phoenix Suns.
Barbosa made a remarkable comeback from his torn ACL injury of February 2013, playing basketball within eight months of knee surgery. He averaged 7.5 points and 18.4 minutes in 20 games with Phoenix in 2013-14.