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Bye-Bye Barbosa?

According to the Globe and Mail's Michael Grange, Brazilian veteran Leandro Barbosa is considering opting out of the final year of a contract scheduled to pay him $7.6-million for 2011-12. Should Barbosa leave his option and return to Brazil it could open up the rebuilding Raptors’ options considerably, both by providing another roster spot and shaving more money off the Raptors salary obligations, already slated to drop from $69-million on the books last season to about $34-million for nine players – though that number will rise as the team adds a draft pick and fills out its roster. The 28-year-old averaged 13.3 points on 45 per cent shooting coming of the bench last season in Toronto, though injuries limited him to just 58 games after coming to the Raptors from Phoenix in an off-season trade.

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