The Celtics have very little salary cap flexibility right now, but that isn’t stopping them from scouting potential fits. According to a report from Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, Rodrigue Beaubois worked out for Celtics yesterday in Boston. The 26-year-point guard from France has battled four NBA seasons with the Mavericks but has not suited up for any NBA team this year. Here’s more from the report:
According to the source, Beaubois, 26, is said to have had a “strong showing,” despite having not played in a NBA regular season game in over 10 months.
The Celtics have 14 players on its roster with the capability of adding one more, the league’s maximum amount allowed. A decision to sign him or not is expected in the coming days.
The 6-2 speedy guard has recovered from hand surgery, a procedure that repaired a fractured metacarpal in his left hand. It was the third time he’s had the operation and it was the sole reason why he was unable to latch on with an NBA team in the summer of 2013.
CH’s Take: The timing of this one is interesting, especially with the NBA buyout deadline looming on Saturday, meaning for players that want to be playoff eligible with another team, they must be bought out by then. With Kris Humphries seeming likely to stay in Boston, there are no notable buyout possibilities on the Celtics’ roster right now that would bring Boston’s salary obligations down.
As the report said, the Celtics have 14 players on the roster, so there is room for Beaubois to sign, but the Celtics’ luxury cap situation makes it an extremely tricky fit.
It’s unclear after the team signed Chris Johnson whether they would have enough room under the luxury tax threshold to bring in Beaubois for the rest of the season. A couple of 10-day contracts would certainly be a possibility though, and can not be ruled out, which depending on the timing, could be just as useful as a signing for the rest of the year.
As far as Beaubois as a player, he’s certainly worth a look with this roster. He actually had his best season as a rookie with the Mavs, as his shooting number have declined over the past three years to a dismal 39% FG number last year. He’s had his moments though when healthy and was a fixture in the Mavs rotation off the bench for most of his career.
Here are a few highlights to re-introduce him to you: