Close Article Return to stream X
NBA

NBA Rumors: Leandro Barbosa Heading To The Los Angeles Lakers?

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Lakers may not be the favorite to win the NBA championship this upcoming season, but they are certainly in the top 5. One of the key questions for the Lakers is going to be depth at the shooting guard position, a position that free-agent Leandro Barbosa could offer significant help in. But when the Lakers revamped their roster this off-season it seemed that they were satisfied with Steve NashKobe BryantSteve BlakeChris Duhon, and Andrew Goudelock, even if many fans are not.

Blake has long been a scapegoat of sorts and would not exactly be considered a fan favorite. While with the Portland Trail Blazers Blake was a very good three-point shooter, but when he arrived in L.A he seemed to have lost his touch. Nevertheless it did seem that the Lakers were satisfied with what they had, that is until this latest rumor arose.

In an interview with a Brazilian newspaper Barbosa talked about what teams were looking at him, if he would play for the veteran’s minimum, and much more. Since the interview was in Portuguese I had to translate it and will give you a few interstingnotes about Barbosa and the Lakers.

Barbosa said that he is still talking with the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers about possibly playing for them this season. Barbosa added that he has been in contact with Lakers PG Steve Nash, and that ever since the Olympics, Nash has recruited him, and that the interest, (in playing for the Lakers), is mutual. Additionally Barbosa added that he would play at an NBA minimum salary, but only for a team that would be in contention for an NBA title, which the Lakers clearly will be this upcoming season.

The last point is quite interesting, rumor has it that Barbosa informed this same newspaper that he has talked with the Lakersabout possibly joining the team and that the Lakers would really like to add him. Apparently he also said that the Lakers told him that they are looking to get rid of one guard to make room for him.

This rumor does make a lot of sense and could be the reason Barbosa still has not signed anywhere, even despite some good offers around the league. If the Lakers did in fact add Barbosa it would add a versatile scorer who could prove to be a savior for the Lakers as he would be able to take over some of Kobe’s minutes and reduce his workload.

DON’T FORGET TO FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @NBAINSIDERINFO

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Ryan Anderson With The Savage Dunk on Kobe Bryant

Although Kobe would get the last laugh with the win, his second great performance and the Lakers notched back-to-back wins for just the second time this season, that doesn't stop this Ryan Anderson dunk from being any less disrespectful. The Mamba is in a retirement year, man, let him go out with his dignity still in tact.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Kobe Bryant Rejects Roy Hibbert's High-5 Attempt

Things didn't go swimmingly for the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls, as they played horribly and lost by 23 points. Kobe Bryant clearly wasn't pleased. When teammate Roy Hibbert attempted to give Bryant a casual high-five, it didn't go over well as an angered Bryant slapped it away in defiance.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Watch Derrick Rose's Behind-The-Back Pass

Injuries have become a recurring theme in Derrick Rose's career, but his behind-the-back dime Thursday night shows what he can do when healthy.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Pau Gasol Puts "Shake and Bake" On Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls squared off on Thursday night, so naturally all eyes were on former teammates Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. The two had a nice embrace prior to opening whistle, but it was strictly business once the game got started. Don't believe me? Just check out this "Shake and Bake" executed to perfection by Gasol.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Dirk Nails Game-Winner, Gets Love From Kobe

Kobe Bryant wasn't able to lace up for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, but he still managed to make the highlight reels on multiple occasions. After Dirk Nowitzki nailed what turned out to be the game-winning jumper, he stumbled backward into Bryant and received a pat of approval. This encounter is the definition of the saying 'game recognizes game' as the two players are both legends and future Hall of Famers.

Comment 0 Comments