Leandro Barbosa will reportedly sign a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics, according to a tweet Wednesday afternoon from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Terms of the deal are not immediately known.
The nine-year NBA guard, nicknamed the "Brazilian Blur" for his speed, had said during the offseason that he would play for his native Brazil if he did not get an offer to play from an NBA team.
According to an Oct. 16 report from Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers hinted at the need to upgrade at point guard with a veteran to fill the hole left by Avery Bradley, who is out until mid-December after undergoing surgery on both of his shoulders during the offseason:
Obviously, at [point guard] it would help, but we can’t also forget that Avery [Bradley] is coming back too. We don’t want to overdo the point guard thing."
Barbosa, who was traded to the Toronto Raptors last season by the Indiana Pacers, has career averages of 12.5 points and 2.4 assists per game. He will provide depth in the backcourt on both ends of the floor for the Celtics and will provide insurance as a sub for Rajon Rondo should Bradley go down with another injury.