Roddy Beaubois 'progressing' for Mavs

Updated: January 31, 2011, 1:39 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Rodrigue Beaubois and Peja Stojakovic will not travel with the Dallas Mavericks when they leave Tuesday for an East Coast road swing.

Beaubois, who hasn't played all season as he recovers from offseason surgery for a broken foot, will ramp up his individual workouts with team trainers.

"He's progressing, for sure," coach Rick Carlisle said of Beaubois. "The hope is when we get back from the trip that he'll be in a position maybe to get into some heightened activity. We'll have to see what's what when we get to that point."

In typical Carlisle fashion, the coach is withholding information on who will start at small forward for Monday's home game against the Washington Wizards until NBA rules force him to officially turn in his lineup shortly before game time.

"We've got a lot of options," Carlisle said. "We got options, everybody from [J.J.] Barea, to [Brian] Cardinal to [Shawn] Marion. And, we could start [Ian] Mahinmi."

The Mavs return home after Saturday's game at Charlotte and play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 7 before taking another East Coast road trip. Beaubois typically travels with the team, so it's intriguing that he's being held back to get in more work.

Beaubois is still not practicing, but he is running and cutting and doing enough that some teammates have guessed that the 6-foot guard is within a couple of weeks of returning.

Stojakovic's status remains uncertain, although Carlisle said that the knee issue that has kept him out of action since Nov. 26 is doing well.

"He's going through training camp right now. That's the way we're looking at it," Carlisle said. "We could throw him into the games but, again, in our estimation it wouldn't be the right move for him or for us. The knee is doing well. It's conditioning, it's strength, it's integration to some degree.

"For him, he can get a lot of his rhythm by doing some of these individual workouts and working on the things we do offensively and defensively. Right now, we just feel this is the right thing."

Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.