Rodrigue Beaubois needs foot surgery

Updated: August 10, 2010, 9:46 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Mavericks guard Rodrigue Beaubois will undergo surgery Friday to have a pin inserted in his broken left foot, a procedure that is expected to sideline him two to three months.

"We're going to do it right so it's not a recurring type of situation," said Donnie Nelson, Mavs president of basketball operations. "It just depends on the healing process. When his foot is fully healed, we'll let him back on the court, and not until then."

Beaubois returned to Dallas on Monday after breaking the fifth metatarsal bone while working out with the French National team last week as it prepared for the FIBA World Championships later this month in Turkey.

An examination Monday evening by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard S. Levy, in consultation with Mavs team doctor T.O. Souryal, revealed that Beaubois had suffered a hairline fracture. Beaubois will miss the start of training camp at the end of September and he might miss the start of the regular season in late October.

"His prognosis is really good," Nelson said. "He'll miss some time, but he'll be back healthy as a horse."

The injury could stall the Mavs' plans of starting Beaubois at shooting guard and sliding Caron Butler to small forward while bringing Shawn Marion off the bench.

While the Mavs are grooming Beaubois to one day take over at point guard, his best moments last season, when he averaged 7.1 points on 51.8 percent shooting (including 40.9 percent from the 3-point range) in 56 games, came at shooting guard.

"It just depends how quickly he comes back," Nelson said. "Those situations are earned."

Beaubois' continuing education at point guard will cease for now. He was set to play the point for the French team with Tony Parker taking the summer off. The Mavs were eager to get their first look at Beaubois in international competition Aug. 15 at Madison Square Garden when Team USA, with new Mavs center Tyson Chandler, will play France in an exhibition.

"The national team was a nice-to, not a need-to," Nelson said. "We all saw what Roddy was capable of last year. It would have been nice, but injuries happen in sports and you can't control them."

Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

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