Friday , Oct , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Phoenix secures Barbosa, Diaw through ’06-07 season

=== Phoenix secures Barbosa, Diaw through ’06-07 season ===

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns exercised the fourth-year
option on the rookie contracts of both Leandro Barbosa and Boris Diaw, locking
the young prospects up through at least the 2006-07 season.

“Leandro Barbosa and Boris Diaw are two very exciting and talented young
players,” said Suns president and general manager Bryan Colangelo. “We look
forward to their continued development and contributions.”

Barbosa, who was traded to the Suns after San Antonio selected him 28th
overall in the 2003 draft, has averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists in two
seasons with Phoenix. The 6-3 guard helped his native Brazil claim a gold
medal in the 2005 FIBA Americas Championship this past summer, and was named
to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 20.3 points per game.

Diaw was acquired as part of the sign-and-trade deal that sent Joe Johnson to
Atlanta in August. The 23 year-old swingman has averaged 4.6 points and 3.6
rebounds in two years with the Hawks.