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Leandro Barbosa agrees to 1-year, $2.5 million deal with the Warriors

Barbosa will return to Golden State after winning a championship last season.

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Free agent guard LeAndro Barbosa has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Warriorsaccording to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.

Fresh off his NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors, Barbosa wasn't a highly regarded free agent this summer. The New Orleans Pelicans were a possible destination, as new coach Alvin Gentry was a fan of Barbosa's play since his time as an assistant in Golden State. In the end, Barbosa chose to return to the Warriors.

Entering his ninth season, Barbosa is still an electric player who can take over a game offensively. He's a great asset to have on the bench to provide instant offense and veteran decision making.

Last year with the Warriors, Barbosa averaged 7.1 points in 14.9 minutes per game on 47.4 percent shooting from the field and 38.4 percent from deep. He can still score in bursts even if he isn't the go-to guy he was on the Phoenix Suns teams of the 2000s. He made a big difference for the Warriors' bench, who completely outplayed the bench of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

Coming back to the Warriors makes sense for both Barbosa and Golden State. He knows and fits in the system and is a great backup for both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The Warriors spent more money to keep Draymond Green, but they're doing a good job of keeping the band together to repeat. By resigning Barbosa, the Warriors don't have to worry about bringing in another veteran to keep their bench strong. Instead, Barbosa will be there to take over when Curry or Thompson need rest.