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Phoenix Suns Reportedly Interested In Bringing Back Leandro Barbosa

The Brazilian Blur might be returning to Phoenix, Leandro Barbosa said. The Suns are now an option to land the scoring guard for the upcoming season according to recent a interview.

Barbosa is a free agent this year and was a fan favorite when he played for the Suns between 2003 and 2010. He averaged 12.6 points a game, and posted his best year in 2006-07 when he scored 18.1 points per game and won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award. He has played the last two years for the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers.

In an interview with a Brazilian blog, Barbosa said that returning to the Suns could be an option. The interview is in Portuguese of course, but luckily Google Translate can attempt to provide a little insight.

I'm talking, among others, with the Phoenix Suns franchise that have a history, a life there, with the Brooklyn Nets, we tried harder and the Los Angeles Lakers - is very hot with the staff there too. The Steve Nash texted me so I go there, even. When I was in the Olympics this conversation happened pretty strong, but then they signed with another wing and then cooled a bit. They have many owners, and if they would hire me to take one of the cast. It's early, I have to wait.

Barbosa left the Suns in 2010 after injuries and depth limited his minutes in the rotation. If the Suns bring Barbosa back it would be for a backup role as the team added guards Goran Dragic and Kendall Marshall in the offseason.

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