The Mavs’ brass took an optimistic approach after learning that Rodrigue Beaubois broke his left foot.
Owner Mark Cuban suggested that all would be fine as long as Beaubois is ready at the beginning of the season, although Cuban acknowledged that Beaubois might be sidelined into November depending on the severity of the fracture. Cuban searched for a silver lining, saying this might give first-round pick Dominique Jones a chance to shine.
Team president Donnie Nelson said the injury should not be considered a setback for Beaubois, who planned to develop his point guard skills by running the French team with Tony Parker taking the summer off.
"It was a basketball development opportunity for Roddy,” Nelson said in a text message. “Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. I think he showed us what he was capable of last year."
Beaubois showed what he was capable of as a shooting guard. He had flashes of brilliance in that role, including his scoring flurry against the Spurs to make a season-ending Game 6 loss interesting. Coach Rick Carlisle, who took a lot of criticism for not playing Roddy B more as a rookie, is considering making the 22-year-old Jason Kidd’s starting backcourt partner.
However, the Mavs hoped Beaubois would also develop into a reliable backup point guard, a dynamic playmaker whose presence could allow the 37-year-old Kidd to rest comfortably for about 16 minutes. Beaubois certainly didn’t look ready for that role during the Vegas summer league, when he had more turnovers than assists.
Beaubois’ broken foot doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t play significant minutes at point guard this season. He’d just have to do a lot of learning on the job.