Peja Stojakovic close to Mavs debut

Updated: February 2, 2011, 8:05 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

NEW YORK -- If all goes according to plan, Peja Stojakovic could make his Dallas Mavericks debut Monday night when the Mavs make a brief stop back home to play the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stojakovic and second-year guard Rodrigue Beaubois did not make the team's three-game road trip that started at New York on Wednesday night in order to ramp up their individual workouts.

"We've got them on the I-want-to-play program," said Mavs owner Mark Cuban prior to Wednesday's game at Madison Square Garden. "Meaning we work them out so hard that the workouts are harder than the games, so the guys want to get playing as soon as possible."

Coach Rick Carlisle said the hope is that Stojakovic, sidelined for all but eight games this season with a left knee injury, will play against the Cavaliers.

Carlisle said Beaubois, who fractured his left foot in August and has yet to play this season, will not be ready that soon and again stressed that he is making progress, but without offering a definitive timeline for his return.

The Mavs signed Stojakovic on Jan. 24 after he was waived by the Toronto Raptors.

Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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