Today's workout featured a few intriguing prospects including guard Mario Chalmers, whose clutch three-pointer gave Kansas a win over Memphis in the National Championship game, guard-forward Chris Douglas-Roberts, who was on that Memphis team and a young, skinny but very talented international prospect by the name of Rodrigue Beaubois.
Beaubois, a point guards listed at 6-0, 170-pounds, is a member of the French U-19 National team and played the last two seasons for Cholet. His numbers are hardly eye popping - he averaged a modest 4.8 points on 48.5 percent in 18 games last season - but the kid's athleticism is off the charts and NBA teams are clearly intrigued.
He passed on playing in the Reebok Eurocamp because several teams including the Wizards, Blazers, Bulls, Celtics, Suns, Hornets and Spurs lined him up for workouts.
Beaubois, who was discovered by Golden State Warriors swingman Mickael Pietrus at an open basketball camp in Pietrus' native Guadeloupe, was an early entry candidate last year but wasn't drafted. His English isn't great - thought it's certainly better than my French - so I couldn't get a very clear answer when I asked him about his intentions but he does remain under contract in France and could be the kind of guy a team takes and sticks back over there for another year or two of seasoning.
As for Chalmers, the most impressive thing I could pick on him was how smoothly he shot the NBA 3-ball. Granted, he was only going "around the world" in a post-practice drill, but it was obvious that he didn't have to strain to get the ball up there like some college guys do when they have to step back a couple of extra feet. Chalmers has long arms, was an excellent defender and shooter at KU and obviously is a winner.
I didn't get a great look at Douglas-Roberts because we only saw a limited part of the workout but one guy who did stand out was Courtney Lee, a guard from Western Kentucky. At the end of the workout, the Wiz set them up in a drill where they had to run a 2-man break up the floor and Lee was really explosive in filling the lane. Listed at 6-5, 200-pounds, Lee averaged 20.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting for a sweet 16 team last season.
In the same drill by the way, Beaubois took off and jack-hammered a couple of one-handed dunks. Like I said, the kid is very athletic.
-Coach Eddie Jordan attended the workout today. His assistants have been at the others but this was the first time I saw Eddie. He said he's been spending a lot of time with his family.
-The team hasn't put out a list of tomorrow's workout guys but I'll update when it's out.
-One of the readers had a question about Antonio Daniels and that sore left wrist. The word I've heard is that upon getting it checked out, Daniels did not require surgery.
-A word on Gilbert Arenas, who filed the paperwork to opt out on Friday: Everything I can gather tells me that he will be in a Wizards uniform next season. I see the Wizards offering as much as it takes to keep him - yes, that means the max - and him taking it.
- That said, I see two darkhorses out there and I do mean darkhorses. 1. Arenas is notoriously quirky, he grew up in Los Angeles and loves the Lakers. Just throwing that out there. Obviously, he'd have to take way less to pull such a move but he'd also know that he'd make a ton of money back in marketing.
2. Arenas is very close with Orlando GM Otis Smith from Smith's days with Golden State. With Howard, Lewis and Turkoglu, the Magic has pieces in place. The downside, other than taking less money, would be that Orlando is not a big market and I see Arenas wanting to go no smaller than DC.
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