Despite having five guards, Shabazz Napier, Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, Dwayne Wade and undrafted rookie Tyler Johnson currently on the roster the Miami Heat are likely to sign Leandro Barbosa.
Barbosa is an eleven year veteran who averaged over 14 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds per 36 minutes last season while maintaining a very respectable player efficiency rating of over 11.
NBA career player
Barbosa has played for four teams over the past eleven years, after being selected 28th overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs.
Barbosa is currently playing for the Brazilian national team which is participating in the FIBA World Cup. Barbosa has been inconsistent over the past three seasons due to injury.
The Heat are looking to see Leandro overcome hand and shoulder injuries suffered in the 2013-2014 season.
FIBA World Cup
The FIBA World Cup begins on August 30th and ends September 14th.
Barbosa is a solid three point shooter and has played both guard positions at various points in his career.
For the Heat those characteristics are in dire need. The Heat seem to be positioning to react to the eventual loss of Ray Allen in a sign and trade deal with Cleveland and limit Dwyane Wade’s playing time as much as possible.
The Heat’s roster should be complete within the first few weeks of training camp. NBA training camp starts one day after the FIBA World Cup, September 15th.