NEW ORLEANS -- As the trade deadline approaches, the rumor mill regarding is in full spin cycle and the Wizards are right in the middle because they could use scoring and guard play off the bench. But as of Monday, they're in a holding pattern and there is "zero" chance they'll bring Roddy Beaubois in for a workout, two persons with knowledge of the situation have told CSN Washington.
The Wizards (25-27) don't have the roster spots with the maximum 15 fully guaranteed contracts. While there may be interest from other NBA teams, it was Beaubois agent, Bouna Ndiaye, who called the Wizards to inquire about interest.
Wizards center Kevin Seraphin, who is French like Beaubois, posted a picture from his Instagram account of the two together Monday but that appears to have been taken in Miami during the All-Star break and not in D.C.
Having Beaubois, a free agent combo guard who last played for the Dallas Mavericks, linked to the Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies is understandable given his skill set. At 6-foot-3, Beaubois is long (6-foot-10 wingspan), fast, exceptionally athletic and can score -- he put up 40 in a game as a rookie -- but he has been plagued by injuries with multiple breaks to his left foot and left hand. In four seasons, he averaged 7.1 points and 2.1 assists in 16 minutes per game.
When the Mavericks won the NBA championship in 2011, Beaubois was expected to be the starting shooting guard next to Jason Kidd but the foot injury ruined that plan. He never made his way back and Jason Terry filled that role instead as the Mavericks went on to upset the Miami Heat in six games.
The need for a backup point guard to John Wall is glaring. Eric Maynor hasn't lived up to the role in his first season in Washington and Garrett Temple, who can handle the ball and initiate the offense as well as defend blazing fast, smaller point guards, is having to pull double-duty. One injury, even a minor one to Temple or Wall, could put the season into a tailspin.
The trade deadline is Thursday, and while there's a chance the Wizards make some sort of move to remedy this problem it's not going to be a major one. And there's a strong possibility they don't make one at all because of they're only $1 million below the luxury tax level, which limits their options, and exceeding it in this more punitive salary cap era for a role player is not an option.