Barbosa to stick with Raptors

Toronto Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa of Brazil and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook...

Toronto Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa of Brazil and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook fight for a loose ball during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City March 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Bryan Terry)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:24 PM ET

It appears Leandro Barbosa will not be heading back to Brazil after all.

Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo told QMI Agency Saturday afternoon that Barbosa has picked up his $7.6 million U.S. player option for the 2011-2012 season. Barbosa beat a midnight deadline to make a call.

There had been speculation Barbosa would play in his native Brazil since a looming lockout threatens to wipe out the NBA season.

This would have given the Raptors a huge boost in cap space.

Both sides have also expressed interest in renegotiating Barbosa's contract into a longer deal.


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