French connection working in Dallas for now

The French-speaking contingent of Dallas Mavericks, guard Rodrigue Beaubois and center Ian Mahinmi, have spent the summer working out together at SMU, and at the moment neither has plans to play overseas if the NBA lockout lingers. At least not yet.

In Beaubois' case, Europe just isn't an option at this point. The 23-year-old from Guadeloupe is still about a month away from running as he rehabs from a second surgery on his left foot, according to agent Bouna Ndiaye. As Mavs fans know, Beaubois fractured his left foot last summer while training with the French national team, underwent surgery and endured a protracted recovery process only to re-injure the foot in the regular-season finale. Ndiaye said Beaubois was never back to 100 percent, which might explain his disappointing stint of 28 games in which he rarely flashed the brilliant speed and driving ability of his rookie season.

If the lockout is lifted and Mavs training camp opens on Oct. 4 as scheduled, Beaubois should be at, or close to, full strength.

During the lockout, players are barred from working out at team facilities and cannot have contact with coaches or other team personnel.

Beaubois and Mahinmi, who capped his first season with Dallas in style with a fantastic contribution in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, have received interest from French and Spanish teams to play this season, but Ndiaye said both players are content to work individually in Dallas.

"Ian wants to get better and Roddy wants to work on his body," Ndiaye said.

However, Ndiaye said that if late September rolls around and there appears to be no end to the lockout, then Mahinmi might consider offers. The 6-foot-11 Mahinmi has three seasons of NBA service under his belt but remains a raw talent, having averaged just 7.7 minutes in 88 career games.

Beaubois, who missed the first 54 games of last season and then all of the playoffs, enters a season of decreased expectations and perhaps one in which he will have to earn a defined role. Dallas traded for shooting guard Rudy Fernandez and still has sixth man Jason Terry. It is also possible -- although perhaps not probable -- that free agent DeShawn Stevenson, who assumed Beaubois' starting job in the regular-season finale after Beaubois replaced him two games before the All-Star, could also be back.

"We're focused on getting his feet back on the ground, getting back to running and jumping and being 100 percent healthy," Ndiaye said of Beaubois.