The transfer window of the NBA has opened already and last year’s record winning team, Golden State Warriors continues to lose their key players. Although the team has managed to rope in the star Kevin Durant from Oklahoma City Thunder, GSW’s guard Leandro Barbosa has decided to leave the team.
Golden State Warriors, who won 73 matches on the trot last season and lost the final narrowly to the sheer brilliance of Lebron James of Cleveland Cavaliers, have had to trade, renounce or let go of most of their players this season, to make room for the superstar Kevin Durant. Barbosa, who was the key member of the team for the past two seasons and often helped the team from coming off the bench to ignite an offence which averaged almost 115 points per game, had also faced the axe.
Leandro scored in double figures in the three of the seven matches at the final and averaged 8.2 points per night behind 64.3 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent shooting from three-point range. He also played an anchor role for the Golden State in the second unit alongside Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston and portrayed the ability to score from the outside and attack the basket when needed.
The 33-year-old experienced guard, who had an average of 6.4 points and 1.7 rebounds with Golden State last season, decided to go back to his former team Phoenix Suns, whom he represented during the 2013-14 season. The 6’3” guard joins Suns for a two-year deal which worth $8 million.
Barbosa, who already had an NBA championship in his CV started his career as a first-round pick in 2003 and had played for the Suns, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Warriors. The veteran player, who averaged more than 13 points per match in four straight seasons for the Suns from 2005-06 to 2008-09, also won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for his brilliant performance during the 2006-07 season, when he scored 18.1 points per night.