Mar 4, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Willie Green at the US Airways Center. The Clippers defeated the Suns 104-96. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat Waiting For World Cup To End Before Signing Leandro Barbosa

If you believe the reports and connect the dots, it is pretty easy to determine that the Miami Heat are searching for more depth in the back court. One name that has recently popped up is that of sharp shooter Leandro Barbosa.

Barbosa is currently playing for Brazil in the FIBA World Cup and, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman, the Heat are using his involvement as a scouting opportunity.

As I’ve reported, Barbosa is one of several players on the Heat’s radar. Like many potential suitors, they want to see how Leandro looks with the Brazilian national team at the World Cup, as well as making sure he stays healthy, which has been an issue in recent years.

The Basketball World Cup tournament goes from August 30 through September 14, though teams are already playing exhibition games.

What the Heat would need from Barbosa is a solid three-point shooter and a guy who can handle and facilitate a bit with the ball. Barbosa is a 39 percent career three-point shooter and has played point guard for much of his NBA career.

NBA training camp starts on Sept. 15.

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