Barbosa Fine with Backcourt Traffic
Leandro Barbosa can do the math. He is fully aware that when Avery Bradley is healthy there will almost certainly be four guards ahead of him on the depth chart — Rajon Rondo, Bradley, Jason Terry and Courtney Lee.
But that didn’t stop him from jumping on the Celtics’ offer of one year at the veteran minimum.
“We’ve been talking to him, but obviously he’s been out there probably waiting for a bigger deal or whatever,” said coach Doc Rivers before last night’s 88-79 preseason finale loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Garden. “One thing I will give him credit for (is) I think he had us zeroed in on his radar, and he understood all the players in front of him, and he didn’t care. He kept saying that, which is refreshing. You know, ‘I understand that I may not play or I may play, but I’m going to be on a team that, if I can play, I want to help.’
“I was very honest with him. You know, there’s a chance with the numbers . . . and he said, ‘I’m not here to ruffle any feathers. I just want to be on a team that wins, and hopefully I can help.’”