Suns sign Barbosa to 10-day contract

Leandro Barbosa returns to the NBA for the first time since suffering a knee injury playing for the Boston Celtics last February.

PHOENIX  — The Suns have signed guard Leandro Barbosa to a 10-day contract, the team has announced. 

The 6-3, 194-pound Barbosa is a 10-year NBA veteran who played the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Suns, averaging 12.6 points, 2.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 466 games with Phoenix from 2003-10. Barbosa won the 2006-07 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award with the Suns after posting career-highs of 18.1 points and 4.0 assists per game. The Suns advanced to the playoffs in five of Barbosa’s first seven seasons with the club, and he ranks seventh in team history with 64 career playoff games, in which he averaged 10.2 points.

The 31-year-old guard has played for three NBA teams since being traded by Phoenix to Toronto in the summer of 2010, spending time with the Raptors (2010-12), Indiana Pacers (2011-12) and Boston Celtics (2012-13). Last season, Barbosa appeared in 41 games with the Celtics before suffering a torn ACL in his left knee on Feb. 11. He was traded to Washington on Feb. 21 but did not appear in a game with the Wizards as he recovered from injury.

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Barbosa started this season playing for Sao Paulo-based Pinheiros/Sky of the Brazilian League.  He averaged 15.9 points and 3.1 assists in eight games. He joins the team to provide depth at guard while Eric Bledsoe is on the sideline with a knee injury.