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Boston Celtics Sign Barbosa, Make Roster Cuts: Fan’s Reaction

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It goes without saying the 1-4 Boston Celtics have struggled this preseason. Despite their talented roster, they have been caught playing uninspired basketball and have fallen in preseason games that either should have been much closer, or should have won outright. Obviously changes needed to be made before the start of the regular season.

The Celtics roster currently stands at 17 players including two camp invites. Just one day after cutting first-year guards Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith, the Celtics went out and signed veteran combo guard Leandro Barbosa to a veteran minimum one-year contract. Just like that, the talented Celtics' team just got better.

Barbosa averages 12.5 points and 2.4 assists in 26 minutes per game in his nine-year career thus far. He played with the Indiana Pacers last season where he averaged 8.9 points in 22 games. Barbosa joins a backcourt that already includes fellow former Sixth Man of the Year Jason Terry, Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, and an injured Avery Bradley who is not expected to return to the court until mid-December.

The Celtics still have two non-guaranteed camp invites on the roster in Rob Kurz and Micah Downs. Rookie second-round draft pick Kris Joseph is also playing on a fully non-guaranteed deal meaning while the remaining roster decisions may be tough, no moves causing fans to scratch their heads should take place.

It will be interesting to see if Barbosa will have a chance to play in the upcoming contest on Thursday, October 18 against the Brooklyn Nets. With only three preseason games before the start of the regular season, the Celtics will need all the time they can get to get the chemistry going between Barbosa and the rest of the squad.

Ultimately this was a great move for the Celtics who can arguably be considered one of the deepest squads in the NBA. They certainly have the depth to compete with the likes of the Miami Heat in the East and will give their old-time rival Los Angeles Lakers a run for their money when those matchups take place during the season. To top it off, they have plenty of trade bait if needed come the trade deadline. Bring on the regular season.

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