DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks were busy winding up their second day of practice for their Las Vegas summer league squad when a long-tine friend surprisingly stepped on the court.
Rodrigue "Roddy B" Beaubois.
Owner Mark Cuban had just said his team didn’t have any money left shortly before Beaubois arrived. However, Beaubois will be given an opportunity to make the Mavs’ 15-man regular season roster, accordingly to a source.
And if Beaubois, who still owns a house in Frisco, makes the Mavs’ roster, he’ll have to accept the team’s veteran minimum salary of $1.05 million.
A lightning-quick point guard, Beaubois was a fan favorite of the Mavs before multiple injuries derailed his career. The 6-2, 185-pounder played with the Mavs from 2009-’13.
Beaubois rose to fame as a Mavs rookie when he scored 40 points on Mar. 27, 2010 against Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors while converting 9-of-11 shots from 3-point territory.
During the 2011-‘12 campaign, Beaubois had his best season for the Mavs when he averaged 8.9 points and 2.9 assists in only 21.7 minutes per game. He also played on the Mavs’ 2011 championship squad, but missed 134 of a possible 312 games during his four-year career with the Mavs.
After trading forward Jeremy Evans to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, the Mavs are down to 13 players – once they sign their free agents and complete the trade for Andrew Bogut when the NBA moratorium is lifted Wednesday at 11:01 p.m. CDT.
NBA teams are permitted to carry 15 players.
Now 28, Beaubois, who was rehabbing Wednesday at the Mavs’ American Airlines Center facilities, played this past season in France for Strasbourg. He also played for Spirou Charleroi of the Belgian League and for Le Mans Sarthe Basket in France.