On the Brazilian Blur, Leandro Barbosa, and the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers announced their preseason schedule last night. We’ll get to that in a minute. First, we need to talk about Leandro Barbosa aka the Brazilian Blur aka StarBosa. The 29-year old guard is currently playing alongside Cavaliers big man Anderson Varejao in the London Olympics for their native Brazil, and reports indicate this morning that he is interested in the idea of signing a free agent deal with the Cavaliers.

Indiana Pacers guard Leandro Barbosa (L) of Brazil holds the basketball defended by Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball game in Indianapolis April 30, 2012.
Remember when you guys said you wished Cavaliers players used events like the Olympics to recruit other star players to CLE? Varejao is doing that for you, it seems. That’s what you meant, right?

Regardless, I thought I’d capitalize on this opportunity to post an awesome highlight video of Barbosa from when he used to back-up Steve Nash in Phoenix six years ago. As a warning, you will be humming the Brazilian rap song used to score this video for the rest of the day. Thank me later on that.

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FSO’s Sam Amico had the report on Barbosa this morning, offering the following:

“Barbosa has drawn little interest in free agency, with no team having made a serious run at his services. Most haven’t even given him a second thought. So Barbosa knows that at this point, a short-term contract most likely awaits. That could make him a nice find for a team like the Cavs, who wouldn’t mind finding some help in reserve – provided they’re able to preserve their assets and cap space. And according to several sources close to Barbosa, he’d be more than willing to talk with the Cavs about a potential role. Those sources could not say, however, if the interest was mutual.”

On a short-term contract, I would certainly support the idea of the Cavaliers bringing in Barbosa to provide depth at the guard position off the bench. There is currently $16 million of salary cap space available, and since it’s not my money, I have no issue earmarking a portion of that for Barbosa’s services. I wouldn’t go more than two years on a potential deal with Leandro though; a one-year deal could even work for me too.

If the Cavaliers could add Barbosa, I would see him in a role where he came off the bench with the ball in his hands for the second unit. He’s backed-up both guard positions throughout his NBA career, and I’d almost like to see him as a back-up PG who’s job is to score, create, and stimulate as much offense as possible while the starters are on the bench. The Cavs didn’t really have that guy last season. Barbosa could also play alongside Kyrie Irving for different stretches as well. Last season he played in 66 games and averaged 12 points per night. If he could give the Cavaliers that type of production, he’s worth a shot on the right deal. 

Cavs Preseason Schedule Announced: BEAT MONTEPASCHI SIENA!!

From the Cavaliers Press Release – The Cleveland Cavaliers will play a seven-game preseason schedule in preparation for the 2012-13 NBA regular season. Cavalier fans throughout the region will be able to see the team in person as the Cavaliers will play three games at Quicken Loans Arena during the preseason, in addition to hosting neutral site games in Cincinnati and Canton.

Cleveland will open the preseason at Quicken Loans Arena versus Italian basketball powerhouse Montepaschi Siena of the Euroleague on Monday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. The Cavaliers will then head to the Canton Memorial Civic Center, home of their exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League affiliate, the Canton Charge, to take on the Milwaukee Bucks the following night on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. The Cavs will also travel to Champaign, Illinois for a game against the Chicago Bulls at Assembly Hall, home of the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois, on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m. before returning to The Q to play the Washington Wizards on Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Cleveland will close their regional tour with a matchup against the Orlando Magic in Cincinnati at US Bank Arena on Monday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 p.m. Cleveland will make their final road trip of the preseason when they head to Philadelphia where the Cavs will meet the 76ers on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m. The Cavs preseason finale brings them back to Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 23 for a contest against the Indiana Pacers at 7:00 p.m.

All preseason games will be broadcast live on the Cavaliers’ Radio Flagship WTAM 1100 AM. For ticket information for each of the Cavaliers’ games at The Q, please log onto to cavs.com or call 1-800-820-CAVS. For the Cavaliers-Bucks preseason game in Canton, fans can log onto www.cantoncharge.com or call 1-866-444-1944 for ticket information. Tickets for the Cavaliers’ game in Cincinnati go on sale Monday, Aug. 6 and can be purchased by logging onto www.usbankarena.com or calling 1-800-745-3000.

Fans can stay connected with the Cavs for the most up-to-date information regarding ticket on-sale information and everything Cavs by visiting Cavs.com, following the team’s official Twitter feed at @cavs and on Facebook at facebook.com/Cavs.

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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