Posted by Royce Young
For once, an NBA player isn't going overseas to Europe to play during the lockout. He's staying right at home. His home, that is.
Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa has signed with Brazlian team Flamengo to play next season. He picked up his player option with the Raptors already so he is under contract though with an NBA team. So of course he'll need that pesky opt-out. Which he does.
"I'm delighted to play in Brazil after so much time, 'cause Brazilian basketball improved a lot in recent years," Barbosa told the Toronto Sun. "I had proposals from China, Turkey and other countries. But I was sure I'd be happy here."
Barbosa is a native of Brazil and spends a lot of time there in the offseason. And an interesting note to this: According to the Sun's story, Barbosa actually considered opting out of his final year in his contact with the Raptors so he could return to Brazil anyway. Problem was, he couldn't find anything close to the $7.6 million he's guaranteed from the Raptors.