Indiana Pacers free agent guard Leandro Barbosa confirmed that he is talking to the Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns, and is even getting recruited over texts from Lakers point guard Steve Nash, according to a Hoops Hype translation of a report from OUL Deporte:
“Among others, I’m talking with Phoenix, the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Steve Nash even texted me because he wants me there.”
Barbosa, who made $7.6 million last season, said he would accept a veterans minimum salary to play for a contender, but the Lakers have very little room to add another contract so it may be wishful thinking for him and Nash to text about playing in Los Angeles together. If he doesn’t sign an NBA contract, Barbosa said that he would play in his native Brazil.
ESPNs Marc Stein reported Aug. 2 that he heard the Lakers have interest in the guard, but the team has little room on the roster for him given their salary cap.
The Nets, meanwhile, would certainly benefit from using Barbosa in their backcourt but the team is also committed to over $85 million in salary next season.
The Suns, while certainly an option for Barbosa because of the success he enjoyed in Phoenix under Mike D’antoni, would likely be a longshot for the guard because of his desire to play for a contender. Barbosa turns 30 a month after the season tips off.