The Cavaliers announced their preseason schedule last night. We'll get to that in a minute. First, we need to talk about Leandro Barbosa aka the Brazilian Blur aka StarBosa. The 29-year old guard is currently playing alongside Cavaliers big man Anderson Varejao in the London Olympics for their native Brazil, and reports indicate this morning that he is interested in the idea of signing a free agent deal with the Cavaliers.
Remember when you guys said you wished Cavaliers players used events like the Olympics to recruit other star players to CLE? Varejao is doing that for you, it seems. That's what you meant, right?
Regardless, I thought I'd capitalize on this opportunity to post an awesome highlight video of Barbosa from when he used to back-up Steve Nash in Phoenix six years ago. As a warning, you will be humming the Brazilian rap song used to score this video for the rest of the day. Thank me later on that.
FSO's Sam Amico had the report on Barbosa this morning, offering the following:
"Barbosa has drawn little interest in free agency, with no team having made a serious run at his services. Most haven’t even given him a second thought. So Barbosa knows that at this point, a short-term contract most likely awaits. That could make him a nice find for a team like the Cavs, who wouldn’t mind finding some help in reserve – provided they’re able to preserve their assets and cap space. And according to several sources close to Barbosa, he’d be more than willing to talk with the Cavs about a potential role. Those sources could not say, however, if the interest was mutual."
On a short-term contract, I would certainly support the idea of the Cavaliers bringing in Barbosa to provide depth at the guard position off the bench. There is currently $16 million of salary cap space available, and since it's not my money, I have no issue earmarking a portion of that for Barbosa's services. I wouldn't go more than two years on a potential deal with Leandro though; a one-year deal could even work for me too.
If the Cavaliers could add Barbosa, I would see him in a role where he came off the bench with the ball in his hands for the second unit. He's backed-up both guard positions throughout his NBA career, and I'd almost like to see him as a back-up PG who's job is to score, create, and stimulate as much offense as possible while the starters are on the bench. The Cavs didn't really have that guy last season. Barbosa could also play alongside Kyrie Irving for different stretches as well. Last season he played in 66 games and averaged 12 points per night. If he could give the Cavaliers that type of production, he's worth a shot on the right deal.