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Now that he’s back in the NBA, the 27-year-old gives the Suns a good perimeter shooter _ 36 percent from 3-point range, 52 percent overall _ who can play and defend all over the court.

Josh is a tremendous athlete who can play multiple positions,” Gentry said. “We think he is going to be a great perimeter defender who can bring a lot on the offensive end as well with his ability to slash. Josh will add a lot to our team because he is so multitalented.”

The Turkoglu deal does come at a cost.

Barbosa developed into one of the league’s best sixth men in seven seasons with Phoenix, his scoring and 3-point shooting ability providing a huge lift off the bench for the always-charging Suns.

Barbosa, a close friend of Nash’s, has a 12.6-point career scoring average and is a 39 percent 3-point shooter with an uncanny ability to hit big shots late in games. He’s appeared in 64 playoffs games and was named the league’s best sixth man in 2006-07.

Barbosa will be a tough loss for the Suns, but a nice addition for the Raptors after they lost free agent Chris Bosh to the mega-team in Miami.

Leandro Barbosa is a player I’m quite familiar with and I’m very pleased that he is coming to Toronto,” said Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo, who arranged a draft-day deal that brought Barbosa to Phoenix as the Suns‘ GM in 2003. “His speed, quickness and scoring ability will mesh well with our desired playing style and talented young athletes.”