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Mavericks Offseason: Rodrigue Beaubois Taking Boxing Classes To Increase Toughness

Dallas Mavericks guard Rodrigue Beaubois is taking boxing classes in an effort to increase his toughness, Mavs owner Mark Cuban said during a radio interview on Tuesday (via ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan).

Beaubois -- who has averaged 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 17.1 minutes per game during his three-year NBA career -- has never been known for being the toughest guy on the Mavs' roster. He was once labeled as untouchable by Cuban and the Mavs, but his development has slowed a bit over the past two seasons. However, Cuban thinks that stepping into the ring will only help Beaubois become a better player:

"I told Roddy and the folks around him, I said he's got to learn to throw a punch and take a punch. So he's been taking some boxing classes, he's been working out, he's bigger, he's stronger. He's going to have a chance to compete, just like everybody."

The Mavericks added guards O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison earlier this offseason, giving Beaubois plenty of high-level competition for minutes in the Dallas backcourt.

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