This is a series focusing on Mavericks of the past and how they're using the Las Vegas Summer League to try to extend their careers.
LAS VEGAS -- The summer league springs hope for those looking to get into the league and those looking to get back into the league. Former Dallas Mavericks guard Rodrigue Beaubois fits into the latter group. After going through the entire 2013-14 season without an NBA deal, Beaubois joined the Los Angeles Lakers summer league squad. Simply put, Beaubois had to start over.
"Nobody wants to go through all of that (having to fight to get back into the league), but injuries happen,” Beaubois said. "I just need to keep working so I can get back into the league.”
Beaubois showed plenty of promise as a rookie, but he has since seen his career marred by a series of nagging injuries. His time in Dallas ultimately ended as the Mavs decided to go in a different direction in the summer of 2013. The Mavs bid adieu to Beaubois and went on to reload the guard position with the likes of Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis and Devin Harris, leaving Beaubois without an NBA home.
"Things happen. I just need to bounce back, keep working and try to come back,” Beaubois said. "That’s my goal. My hand (his last major injury) is good, so I just need to keep going.”
Beaubois has many eyes on him in Vegas. But the enigmatic guard has struggled to find traction. Stats in the summer league are often irrelevant, but Beaubois hasn’t really delivered consistent play in the games he’s played in, averaging 3.5 points on 29.4 percent shooting in 12.3 minutes per game.
While he’s struggling to re-establish his NBA career, he doesn’t hold any grudges with the organization that brought him into the league and ultimately sent him out of it.
"It was a great experience in Dallas,” Beaubois said. "I would have loved for it to keep going on. I can only control what I can control. I just need to get into the best shape possible, find a team and get better.”
Goals and perspectives are varied amongs those who are participating in the Vegas summer league. With a level of success achieved early in his career, Beaubois understands that he has ability and potential to play at the highest level, but there’s something that is still holding him back.
"It's the health thing,” Beaubois explained. "I’ve had a few injuries that have kept me off the court for a long time. I need to do what I have to do to stay healthy. Whether it is staying with the trainers longer, I need to do it. I just need to keep working on my body."
We will have to see if Beaubois can run free once again in the NBA. It might take more than his time in Las Vegas to garner some consideration.