Source: C's sign Barbosa

October, 17, 2012
Getty ImagesThe Boston Celtics added more backcourt depth with Leandro Barbosa.
The Boston Celtics added another versatile piece to their backcourt personnel Wednesday by signing veteran combo guard Leandro Barbosa, according to a league source.

Barbosa will come to Boston on a veteran minimum deal. Boston now has 17 players on their roster, including two camp invites. Yahoo! Sports first reported the agreement.

One day after cutting ties with first-year guards Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith, the Celtics moved quick to add Barbosa to the mix. The nine-year veteran adds another former Sixth Man of the Year to their offseason haul (Jason Terry, the other) and gives Boston one more shoot-first guard that's also capable of handling the ball.

The Celtics initially expressed a desire to let a younger guard compete for a final guard spot, but when Christmas and Smith failed to distinguish themselves as potential ball-handlers this preseason, Boston altered its course and added Barbosa.

In nine seasons, the 6-foot-3 Barbosa averaged 12.5 points and 2.4 assists over 24.6 minutes per game. He'll join a backcourt that includes Terry, Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, and Avery Bradley.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has already suggested Boston has maybe the deepest backcourt in the league when Bradley is healthy (he underwent double shoulder surgery and is projected at a mid-December return).

Barbosa adds speed and scoring, but can also handle the ball in Boston's by-committee approach. Rivers isn't worried about having a pure backup behind Rondo.

"Every team doesn’t have two great point guards," said Rivers. "Most teams don’t. I think when you count Courtney Lee and [Terry] and Avery, all three are ball-handlers -- none of the three are pure point guards. But they can certainly play the other."

Barbosa is the second Brazil native on the Boston roster, joining rookie center Fab Melo.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter,



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


Jonny Gomes, Red Sox

Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes discusses the atmosphere in Boston, the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, his team's slow start and more.

Larry Lucchino, Red Sox

Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino discusses his team's response to the Boston Marathon bombings, how the city bounced back from the tragedy and more.

Donnie Wahlberg, Actor

Actor Donnie Wahlberg talks about this year's Patriots' Day, his experience involving last year's Boston Marathon, security presence in the city and more.

Martin J. Walsh, Boston

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh comments on how this Patriots' Day differs from those in the past, securing the marathon, the role sports plays in the city and more.

Kevin Millar, MLB

MLB Network's Kevin Millar weighs in on the uniqueness of Patriots' Day 2014, the Nationals' benching of Bryce Harper, the brawl during Brewers-Pirates and more.


Jeff Green
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksK. Humphries 0.9