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Phoenix Suns sign Leandro Barbosa for remainder of the season

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Leandro Barbosa, left, drives on Denver Nuggets shooting guard Evan Fournier (94) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Leandro Barbosa will be a Phoenix Sun for the rest of the season.

The team announced Tuesday it will keep the veteran guard past his second 10-day contract, guaranteeing him a spot on the roster as they push toward the playoffs.

Barbosa, 31, signed his first 10-day contract with the team on Jan. 8 and has appeared in nine games for the team, averaging 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2 assists in just more than 21 minutes per game.

This is Barbosa's second stint the Suns. Acquired from the San Antonio Spurs in a draft day trade in 2003, he played the first seven years of his NBA career in the Valley, with his best coming in 2006-07 when he averaged 18.1 points and 4 assists per game. He won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award that season.

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