Leandro Barbosa hasn't been in the NBA since 2017 after a short reunion with his inaugural team the Phoenix Suns, but the combo guard revealed that should he decide to officially retire from active play, the Golden State Warriors already has a spot reserved for him.
During an appearance on ESPN Brasil, the 36-year-old made the revelation that the Dubs have a technical assistant role with his name on it.
Leandrinho diz que já tem proposta do Golden State Warriors para ser assistente técnico quando aposentarhttps://t.co/94BfsoCbZQ
— ESPN Brasil (@ESPNBrasil) September 22, 2019
Barbosa joined the Warriors in 2014 and was part of the last pre-Kevin Durant championship team after trouncing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals. The 6-foot-3 guard then re-signed with the team helping them pull off a historic 73-win season only to follow it up with a similarly historic loss, blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Cavs.
Since leaving the NBA, Barbosa has been bouncing around from one Brazilian basketball club to another as well as recently representing his home country in the FIBA World Cup helping them to a 13th place finish, good enough to at least qualify for the 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The “Blur” is just the second of the recent former Warriors to be rewarded with a post-playing career opportunity with the first being Zaza Pachulia who was hired this summer to a front office consultant role for his 2-year stint with the Dubs. After Barbosa eventually takes up the offer, next in line would be the players higher up on the totem pole with Shaun Livingston expected to have some sort of role with the team and perhaps Andre Iguodala as well with retirement looming in the horizon given his advanced age.
At any rate, this proves that the Warriors are a classy organization that looks after their own.