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Celtics sign Leandro Barbosa, Christmas and Smith cut

After cutting Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith, the Celtics have signed Leandro Barbosa to a one-year deal to fill in their back up point guard vacancy.

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Christmas in Moscow: Dionte signs with CSKA

After being cut by the Celtics earlier in the month, summer league standout and fan favorite Dionte Christmas has agreed to play in Russia this winter.

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Barbosa deal official

Barbosa's deal is now official.

BostonHerald.com - Blogs: Celtics Insider" Blog Archive " Celtics-Nets pregame: Doc talks Barbosa, start to season

Leandro Barbosa is signed, but he’s not yet with the Celtics. Doc Rivers said tonight he doesn’t expect him until the club returns to Boston on Sunday. The C’s are off tomorrow as they travel to Albany for a Saturday exhibition game against the Knicks. They host the 76ers at the TD Garden on Sunday. Asked where the 6-3 Barbosa will fit in to the Celt scheme, Rivers said, "I don’t know yet. I haven’t seen him, don’t know the condition he’s in or anything like that. we’ll just wait and see. I love what he’s done.

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Crowded backcourt a work in progress

"Too much" depth (is there such a thing?) and lots of talent are a good problems to have.

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Quick scouting report on Barbosa

He's been around the league for a long time and even won 6th man of the year back in 06-07. But if you need an update on what Barbosa brings these days, here's a quick refresher.

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Doc hinted at Barbosa signing

If you read between the lines of what Doc Rivers said yesterday, you can tell they were already working on bringing in Barbosa.

"We're always looking. Every team is always looking. If nothing comes, does that bother us? No. It'd be great to get another guy at any position. Obviously, at [point guard] it would help, but we can't also forget that Avery [Bradley] is coming back too. We don't want to overdo the point guard thing."

Basically this is a lot like the draft in which you get talent first and then figure out how to fit it all together later. Is Barbosa a pure backup point guard? Nope. But having too many talented combo guards is a problem we're willing to live with.

I'm guessing that the team has seen enough of Terry's ball handling to feel comfortable with him bringing the ball up and they will get creative with letting guys like Barbosa and Bradley bring the ball across half court and initiating plays through Pierce, Green, and even the high post centers (KG, Darko, etc.).

Oh yeah, and since Rondo's going to be playing 35 min a game and more, we're not talking about a huge role here (knocking furiously on wood).

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Celtics sign Leandro Barbosa

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics have signed Leandro Barbosa to a one-year deal.

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Celtics open to adding a veteran

Doc Rivers is always open to adding a veteran that can help.

Pregame: Health updates, cut reactions - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

Rivers said the team still plans to keep 15 players and is open to someone from the outside if a cheap veteran can help this team at any position, not just a backup ball-handler. "Maybe the Heat will cut LeBron [James] or whoever," he said. "We’re always looking. Every team is always looking. If nothing comes, does that bother us? No. It’d be great to get another guy at any position. Obviously, at [point guard] it would help, but we can’t also forget that Avery [Bradley] is coming back too. We don’t want to overdo the point guard thing." Rivers did caution that the moves are in no way a reflection that Bradley is moving closer to a return.

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Roster at 16: Celtics waive Christmas, Smith

In an official press release, the Celtics announced that they have cut Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith.

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Tanguay confirmed: Joseph in, Christmas, Smith out

Gary Tanguay of CSNNE is confirming a report that Kris Joseph has made the Celtics' roster and Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith will be cut.

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Kris Joseph in, D. Christmas & J. Smith out?

An unconfirmed report out of AM radio in Montreal is claiming that Kris Joseph has made the Celtics roster and Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith have been waived.

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