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It was reported last week that current Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa demanded a trade out of Boston with the hope of earning more playing time. When he was confronted this week about the supposed comments, he denied them, saying he never issued such demands. It wouldn’t be shocking if Barbosa had done this as he rarely gets playing time and could see more action on a weaker team such as the Toronto Raptors or Charlotte Bobcats.
Would it be better for Barbosa though in terms of moving from a contender to a lottery team just for more playing time? It shouldn’t actually be that big of deal for him because he is signed to a one year contract, meaning he has incentive to play well in the hopes of establishing long term value. He is still on 29 years old so he certainly has more basketball left in the tank. If he went to say Toronto and played more minutes, his production would obviously increase, as well as his market value.
The Celtics should keep Barbosa around because he acts as good guard depth and is emergency in case a guard in the current rotation gets injured. He is also useful because if the team decided to trade one of its current guards, he would be expected to fill in for their previous roles. If the Celtics traded Barbosa, they would get very little in return, maybe a second round pick if they are lucky. If it is between getting a second round pick and keeping him for the remainder of the season, they should keep him.
Barbosa has proven to be a productive player in this league and it will be interesting to see if he is traded before the February trading deadline.