Lakers Rumors: Lakers Show Interest in Free Agent Leandro Barbosa

Lakers Rumors: Lakers Show Interest in Free Agent Leandro Barbosa


Over the past few weeks, many different free agents have been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers. With GM Mitch Kupchak exploring all sorts of options in free agency, the Lakers are intent on signing at least one more free agent in order to bolster the backcourt off the bench.

Reportedly, one player that sparked their interest recently is veteran guard Leandro Barbosa according to Marc Stein of via Twitter:

Arguably one of the best free agents available on the open market, Barbosa brings a lot to the table for teams interested in signing the 29-year-old. Still one of the quickest guards in the NBA today, Barbosa will bring some much needed speed, scoring, and outside shooting to the Lakers’ backcourt.

Along with Barbosa’s offensive ability, the veteran guard also has some history with the newly acquired Steve Nash. During their time together with the Phoenix Suns, Nash and Barbosa became one of the most intimidating backcourts in the league, with both players being duel threats from the outside and off the dribble.

Even though the combination of Nash and Barbosa never resulted in a championship while playing alongside Amare’ Stoudemire and Shawn Marion in Phoenix, the Lakers felt the wrath of this talented team with some epic playoff battles before Pau Gasol was dealt to Los Angeles.

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Last season, Barbosa was traded by the Toronto Raptors to the Indiana Pacers before the NBA trade deadline on March 15. The trade was basically nothing more than a veteran rental for the Pacers with Barbosa’s contract set to expire and Indiana seemingly having no intention of re-signing the Brazilian native.

As of right now, the Lakers have apparently narrowed down their free agent search for a backup shooting guard down to three players. Jodie Meeks, C.J. Miles and Barbosa seem to be at the top of the list for the Lakers with the veteran’s minimum and mini mid-level exception at their disposal.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Lakers choose to sign one or two of these players to continue improving the bench before next season.

Barbosa is arguably the best option of the three moving forward. As long as he’s willing to take the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million, the Lakers will almost certainly aggressively pursue the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

  • ShantA

    Cmon mitch, get barbosa, and then get meeks/miles/redd either one, then we’ll even have a better bench then miami and OKC, Nash Kobe Metta Pau Bynum Jamison Barbosa Miles/Meeks/Redd Jordan HIll, Steve blake, and 3 young guns in ebanks goudelock and morris? 2012-2013 champions.

    • RobertH

      Barbosa is a small guard that plays the two can he be used as a three; comparing the scenario with CJ Miles can be used as a two or three. The Lakers have a number of guards on the roster that are similar and do not have the size to be used as a three or tall enough to cover the leagues taller guards or play the three. The Lakers braintrust should begin to explore more aggressively a trade to acquire a quality swing player with size scoring ability and versatility. If the Lakers desire to be a true contender this problem should be addressed very seriously. Kobe has an injury this could be a very serious and difficult problem. There are players available just look at the 76ers. 

    • Eddie Quam

      Miles,Meeks,and Redd???? How many roster spots do you think we have????