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Warriors sign Leandro Barbosa to one-year deal

The 31-year old Brazilian guard played 20 games with Phoenix last season. Both Golden State and he are hoping that durability is not an issue this season.

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Per ESPN's Marc Stein, the Warriors have signed veteran guard Leandro Barbosa:

According to front-office sources, Barbosa has signed a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum. While Miami also kicked the tires on Barbosa, per Stein, the Warriors got there first.

Golden State's new coaching staff now has the entire FIBA World Cup and preseason to gauge how Barbosa will fit in Steve Kerr's offense. Likely, Barbosa will come off the bench, providing scoring and a veteran, stabilizing presence. In 20 contests last season, Barbosa averaged 7.5 points per game in 18.4 minutes per game for a Phoenix Suns team that won 49 games.

Durability could be an issue for Barbosa, who since the 2011-12 season has missed significant time -- at least 17 games -- in every year.

Both Barbosa and the Warriors hope that this year will be more productive than recent years, and that the former Sixth Man of the Year can once again provide points and energy off the bench. A low-cost signing that has the potential to make some dividends.

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