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Mutual Interest Between Heat, Leandro Barbosa

TUESDAY, 4:10pm: A source who spoke with Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel acknowledged the team’s interest in Barbosa but downplayed the connection, saying that the guard is one of several veterans the team is considering. No signing is imminent, Winderman hears.

MONDAY, 8:20pm: There’s mutual interest between Leandro Barbosa and the Heat, league sources tell Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders (on Twitter).  Kennedy adds that he wouldn’t be surprised if he ultimately signs with Miami.

This weekend we learned that the veteran guard had discussions with a few NBA teams and is hoping to use the upcoming FIBA World Cup to further prove his health.  The 31-year-old (32 in November) appeared in 20 games with the Suns last season, averaging 7.5 PPG, 1.9 PPG, and 1.6 APG, while playing 18.4 minutes a night.

Barbosa suffered a torn ACL before the 2012/13 trade deadline and suffered a hand injury last year with Phoenix.  For his career, Barbosa has averaged 11.9 PPG and 2.3 APG in 23.7 minutes per contest.

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