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Meep Meep! Phoenix Suns Re-Sign Leandro Barbosa to 10-Day Contract

Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa (10) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Leandro Barbosa will continue to do his best “Road Runner” impression for the Phoenix Suns, as he’s been inked to another 10-day contract, per a Suns press release sent out this morning. Not only is it a good move for the Suns, it’s a good move for Barbosa on a couple of different levels. Not only can he make more of an impression on other teams, but he can also have an opportunity to be signed for the rest of the season in Phoenix.

Barbosa hasn’t been with the Suns long (this time around), but in the four games he has appeared, he’s averaging 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 21.5 minutes per game. His signature performance thus far came in the last game of the Suns five-game road trip in January, when he scored 21 points (14 in the fourth quarter) at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.

There’s no question that Barbosa can still contribute in small doses to an NBA squad. With that said, the only reason the Suns gave him a look in the first place was because of the extended time that Eric Bledsoe was to miss and the ineffectiveness of Archie Goodwin.

Per league rules, teams cannot sign a player to a third 10-day contract. They must either be signed for the rest of the season or released. You’d think the Suns would wait until the last possible second to see how Bledsoe’s rehab is coming along before making that decision, otherwise they’d have to release someone to make space for Barbosa.

The best-case scenario is Barbosa lights it up over the next 10 days and forces the Suns to keep him on the rest of the year. They really need help in the backcourt off the bench and he’d get all the opportunity in the world to revisit the days of his Sixth Man of the Year 2006-07 days.

Michael Dunlap covers Arizona sports (Suns, Diamondbacks, Coyotes, Cardinals) at Big4Sports.com. He is an NBA credentialed writer who is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for the Sports Illustrated/Fansided NBA site HoopsHabit.com. He also covers high school sports for The Arizona Republic. Follow me on Twitter @DunlapNBA.

 

Topics: Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Suns News

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  • Sensational Guy

    I was thinking about how Dragic may be traded soon since he is unhappy and I’m starting think that trading him now is the best idea if he is gonna go anyway. I’m tired of Green and Frye being so streaky, and I think I may have thought of some trades the Suns could do to improve the team. I did a lot of research and thinking so check this out:

    1.Trade Dragic, Kravtsov, and a pick to Bobcats for Al Jefferson (throw in Gerald Green if necessary). The Bobcats have a full roster and they will have to trade an equal amount of players back top the Suns. They are over the cap limit, so this would save them some money and bring them back below it. The Suns are about 5 mil under, so they could take on a couple of the Bobcats worst players, and this would really sweeten the pot for the Bobcats and get them to agree to this trade. For example, the Suns could trade Dragic for Jefferson, Kravtsov for Jeffrey Taylor (comparable salary), and if they trade Green to them they could trade him for a player with a comparable salary, and this would be either Cody Zeller or Bismack Biyombo, who both play PF, which the Suns might actually be able to use.

    (Suns use 4.5 mil in cap space on Jefferson, bringing them to 57.74 mil, just under the 58.679 mil cap. The other salaries involved will not push them over the limit, as the Suns will save 0.7 mil trading Kravtsov for Taylor, and spend only 0.9 mil using Green acquire Zeller, or 0.2 mil to acquire Biyombo. I’m sure the cats would love to trade Zeller because he is being overpaid at 3.9 mil a year. I’m guessing this would be their choice, and they would keep Biyombo. The Suns would only use 4.7 mil of their cap same to make this happen.)

    2. Trade Frye, Goodwin and Christmas to the Kings for Jimmer Fredette and Ben McLemore. While The Kings probably believe in McLemore’s potential, I believe they would rather have Frye. Right now Frye is simply a more valuable player. They don’t want Jimmer and would also throw him in just to have Frye. He is also guaranteed to play for them next season with his contract. The Kings only have 13 players and have room for Goodwin. I would rather give them Jeffrey Taylor, but they would probably rather have Goodwin.

    (Suns save about 2.5 mil in cap space)

    3. If they still have him, trade Green to whatever team for the best draft pick possible.

    (This would be great. The Suns would save an additional 3 mil)

    Total cost : 0 – 2.2 mil. The Suns might even save a few mil.

    The new Suns:

    1. Bledsoe

    2. Barbosa*/Jimmer Fredette

    3. Tucker

    4. Plumlee

    5. Jefferson

    1. Smith

    2. Ben McLemore/Jimmer Fredette

    3. Morris

    4. Morris/Cody Zeller

    5. Len

    Reserves: Jeffrey Taylor

    Injured: Okafor

    *Play Barbosa limited minutes and bring in Jimmer pretty early.

    They may also still have the same number of draft picks as before.

    Explanation:

    Frye is too streaky and needs to be replaced. Dragic is leaving anyway. Green is also streaky. Jefferson is the perfect way to replace Frye, but if they trade Frye to the Cats they will lose him as a trading chip. Better to trade Goran for him, and use Frye for a different trade. Jefferson can shoot the 3 and play Center at the same time, as well as do a lot of things better than Plumlee can. They will be great together.

    With this lineup there will always be at least 4 players on the floor who can shoot the 3 and stretch the floor, making it easier for Bledsoe, Barbosa, and Smith to drive into the lane.

    One thing I know is that I’ve given up on Frye because he is too streaky and he will never be reliable enough for my taste. Jefferson will replace him and the extra cost of paying Jefferson will be offset by replacing Frye with two young very low-salary players that have tons of potential.

    Green being gone will also free up a little cash and could earn us a 1st round pick from a team that could use another shooter for the playoffs. He is also very streaky and he could be replaced by Ben McLemore and Jimmer Fredette once they get into rhythm. I would miss his length but not his streakiness.

    The Bobcats would probably be willing to make the trade because Goran is cheaper than Jefferson and his contract will expire only 1 year before Jefferson’s. If they want more, than maybe cave in and give it to them. Picks, Green, Christmas, and Goodwin could all be used as chips. But not Frye since he is key to get the other players needed. Even though Jefferson is a great player, he’s getting old and he’s having leg problems, so I’m sure in many ways they would love to have the young Dragic instead, but his contract expires sooner than Jefferson’s so the pot may need to be sweetened quite a bit. They’ll want Kravtsov because he can play backup center for them since they will need to move Haywood up to starting center. Also, they are over the cap limit, so this would save them a lot of money.

    The Bobcats could use the same 2 point guard strategy as the Suns have, pairing Dragic with Kemba Walker. Then they could trade away one of the extra guards they have they won’t need anymore. They have 3-4 of these guys.

    What do you think Suns fans?

    Salaries of the players involved:

    Jefferson: 13.5

    Dragic: 7.5

    Kravtsov: 1.5

    Taylor: 0.8

    Zeller: 3.8

    Biyombo: 3.2

    Frye: 6.4

    Goodwin: 1.1

    Fredette: 2.4

    McLemore: 2.9

    Christmas: 0.5

    Green: 3.5

    • Gerald Bourguet

      First of all, who said Dragic is unhappy? He’s on the cusp of becoming an All-Star in the West for a team he has said many times he loves playing for and the future is bright here. Not saying the Suns won’t trade him because it’s a definite possibility, but trading for a defensive black hole like Al Jefferson would be a terrible move.

      Frye doesn’t need to be replaced, he’s been one of the best 3-point shooters in the league this season. Gerald Green is inconsistent but he’s shown signs this season as well. This team would be one of the best six teams in the West with a healthy Eric Bledsoe, why fix it if it’s not broken? If trades happen, they’ll be to bring in a star to put alongside Bledsoe, not for the likes of McClemore, Jimmer or Jefferson.

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