Progressing Peja Stojakovic doubtful

Updated: January 27, 2011, 10:00 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Peja Stojakovic escalated his activity during the Dallas Mavericks' practice Wednesday, but coach Rick Carlisle said it's doubtful the 6-foot-10 forward will make his debut with the team Thursday against the Houston Rockets.

Stojakovic, 33, is with his third team this season and is preparing to play in just his ninth game of the year because of a lingering knee issue. Carlisle wouldn't detail how much Stojakovic participated in practice beyond hoisting 3-pointers, but the shooting forward did work in half-court sets after practice with several players and assistant coach Terry Stotts.

"We're going to go day to day with him," Carlisle said. "He's making gradual progress. He's doing a little more each day. Is he going to play tomorrow? It's very doubtful."

Carlisle said the team is encouraged with the left knee that's caused him irritation and has kept him out of action since Nov. 26.

"We want to make sure there's no flare-up with the knee issue. So far it's very good," Carlisle said. "He's going to make progress pretty quickly we believe, but we've just got to make sure that we're going at the right pace."

Stojakovic, fifth all-time in 3-pointers made with 1,718, started the season with the New Orleans Hornets and was traded to Toronto in November. After being unable to trade him, the Raptors waived Stojakovic last Thursday, and he signed with Dallas upon clearing waivers Monday.

Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.

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