AP source: Raptors send Barbosa, Carter to Pacers

CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer Published:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Pacers are adding scoring punch and veteran leadership to their backcourt for what they hope will be an extended playoff run.

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to send guards Leandro Barbosa and Anthony Carter to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a second-round draft pick, a person close to the situation said Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized. The Pacers declined to comment.

Barbosa, a shooting guard from Brazil, has averaged 12.6 points per game in his nine-year career. The 29-year-old averaged 12.2 points per game this season as a reserve for the Raptors.

Barbosa long has been one of the NBA's most explosive reserves. He was the league's 2006-07 Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 18.1 points per game for the Phoenix Suns despite starting just 18 times. He is a career 39-percent 3-point shooter who has made more than 800 triples in his career.

He adds another weapon to an already strong bench for the Pacers, joining a group that includes Tyler Hansbrough, George Hill, Lou Amundson and A.J. Price. He likely will back up Paul George, an emerging second-year player.

Carter, a 36-year-old point guard, has played in 24 games this season, averaging two points per game as a reserve. He has averaged four points per game in a career that began in 1999 with the Miami Heat. He averaged 7.8 points and 3.1 assists for Denver in 2007-08.


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