The Phoenix Suns have signed forward Leandro Barbosa for the remainder of the season.

Phoenix originally signed Barbosa to a 10-day contract on Jan. 8 after Eric Bledsoe injured his knee and then signed him to another 10-day deal.

The 31-year-old Barbosa averaged 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and two assists in nine games with the Suns. He scored 21 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, against New York on Jan. 13.

Barbosa spent the first seven seasons of his 11-year career with Phoenix and was named the NBAís Sixth Man of the Year in 2006-07 after averaging 18.1 points and four assists per game. Heís also played for Toronto, Indiana and Boston, with a career scoring average of 12 points per game.

PEKOVIC OUT ó The Minnesota Timberwolves will be without center Nikola Pekovic for a while.

Pekovic had an MRI test Tuesday on his right ankle that revealed bursitis, which is inflammation of the fluid-filled pad that cushions the joint. The Timberwolves announced the 6-foot-11, 285-pound Pekovic will be kept off the court for seven to 10 days before being re-evaluated.

Pekovic was hurt in the first quarter Monday at Chicago.

The Wolves have seven games in the next 10 days. Theyíve won four of their last five, but they havenít been above .500 since Nov. 25.

The 28-year-old Pekovic is averaging career highs in points, rebounds and minutes per game. After missing 39 games over the past three seasons with various injuries, he was finally healthy. Ronny Turiaf will start in his place.

HARDEN INJURY ≠ó Houstonís James Harden was out against the San Antonio Spurs with a bruised left thumb.

The Rockets were trying to end a two-game skid Tuesday night when they faced the Southwest Division-leading Spurs. Harden is Houstonís leading scorer with 23.7 points a game.

Jeremy Lin was set to start in his place.