Leandro Barbosa to play in Brazil

Updated: August 19, 2011, 9:52 AM ET
Associated Press

Leandro Barbosa

Barbosa

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Toronto Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa has signed a deal to play in his native Brazil.

Barbosa signed with Rio de Janeiro-based club Flamengo. The deal includes a clause that would allow him to return to the NBA if the lockout ends.

A statement on Flamengo's website says Barbosa signed Thursday. Details of the deal weren't released.

Barbosa averaged 13.3 points, 2.1 assists and 24.1 minutes in 58 games last season -- his first in Toronto.

He made $7.1 million last season and was second on the team in 3-point shooting.

The 28-year-old Barbosa, who's in his eighth year in the NBA, was voted 2006-07 NBA Sixth Man of the Year while with the Phoenix Suns.


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