The Mavericks expect to bid farewell to Rodrigue Beaubois.
“It’s probably in his best interest to find a better opportunity out there,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said.
The team remains “in discussions” to bring free agents Elton Brand and Brandan Wright back to Dallas, Nelson said. With the Mavs having a glaring hole at the center position, it’s likely that they will ensure they get at least one of those players to come back, if not both.
But the Roddy B. era is likely over.
The Mavs have already made plans to bring Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Wayne Ellington on board. They also will have rookies Shane Larkin, Ricky Ledo and Gal Mekel fighting for spots on the roster, starting with their work in Vegas for the summer league. That leaves Beaubois’ return in serious doubt.
“I think there’s still a conversation with Roddy, but it would be more difficult at this point.” Nelson said.
From the penthouse to the outhouse, it appears Beaubois’ hype after his rookie year has officially run its course. Beaubois’ potential never really materialized because of inconsistent play and injuries. He averaged 4.0 points, 1.9 assists, 1.3 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game last season. He also shot 36.9 percent from the floor and 29.2 from 3-point range in 45 games.
Many fans wanted Mavs coach Rick Carlisle to free Roddy B. after his rookie season. With the backcourt filling up in a hurry, Roddy B. is officially going to be free. It remains to be seen if he still has an opportunity to extend his NBA career. It does appear that he will have to find out in another uniform.