His road to Boston is no longer an issue for Leandro Barbosa. He's here now, having accepted a league-minimum deal and entering a situation with the Celtics in which he may be reduced to a cheerleader by midseason.

Barbosa wanted a chance to win after years playing for the fun-to-watch, high-tempo but no-defense Suns, followed by two downtrodden years in Toronto and a second-round playoff run in Indiana. He held out for a more amenable contract, given his productive stint with the Pacers, but nothing materialized.