Barbosa happy in Boston; didn't ask for a trade

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Barbosa happy in Boston; didn't ask for a trade

WALTHAM -- Leandro Barbosa wants to put the trade request rumors to rest once and for all.

"Not true, never said that I wanted to get traded or any of that talk that you guys saw in the media," he said Saturday prior to practice. "I'm happy here, and I knew it was going to be the situation I'm in. I didn't say that."

This week ESPN Brazil reported Barbosa had requested a trade from the Boston Celtics. He is averaging 10.8 minutes over 30 games this season for the C's.

"I had an interview, but it wasn't nothing about me coming back to Brazil or something like that," he said. "It was just how was the situation here in Boston, and I was happy about it and waiting for my chance to come."

Barbosa was surprised when he learned of the report. He has not spoken to the media outlet since then, instead letting his older brother talk to them. His priority was discussing the matter with Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge and clearing the air.

"I was (surprised), I was," Barbosa said. "They even said that I was maybe coming back to Brazil to play in Brazil, like leave Boston to play. It's strange for me. It is what it is. I don't know who said that. It wasn't me. I talked to Danny, Danny knows what it is, and I'm happy here."

The guard is looking to put the report behind him and move on.

"The most important thing is that I'm here, happy, we're winning games, we're going to the playoffs, and it's everything great, organizations, fans are ridiculous great," he said. "I'm happy here."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

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Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 

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“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1. 

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