Unlinke his Ratpor teammate Sonny Weems who signed with a Lithuanian team without and NBA out-clause, Barbosa has that provision built in so he’ll be back when the lockout is lifted…
The Raptors have lost another player, but this one will come back if the NBA season gets played.
Guard Leandro Barbosa has signed with Brazilian club Flamengo.
Barbosa’s deal has an NBA out that will be activated whenever the lockout ends.
Swingman Sonny Weems has already signed to play in Lithuania for the entire season, with no lockout provision.
“I’m delighted to play in Brazil after so much time, ’cause Brazilian basketball improved a lot in recent years,” Barbosa said.
“I had proposals from China, Turkey and other countries. But I was sure I’d be happy here.”
Barbosa had considered opting out the final year of his contract with the Raptors to sign a longer deal in his native country, but was not able to find anything close to the $7.6 million U.S. guaranteed the Raptors still owe him for 2011-12.
Read more about Barbosa returning home at torontosun.com.