Source: Roddy B '3-to-4 Weeks' From Return

While the Mavs remain officially non-committal about the recovery and return of the injured Roddy Beaubois, has been told that the promising guard is "about three or four weeks'' from playing.

Coach Rick Carlisle is not among the Mavs bosses who is willing to address the issue; he's concerning himself with the players he does have at his disposal. The electric second-year player hasn't been one of those all this season since breaking a bone in his left foot and undergoing surgery on Aug. 16. The original prognosis was "two or three months'' of recovery … meaning all of this is a source of frustration to Beaubois, if not to the Mavs

"Good things come to those who wait,'' as Mavs GM Donnie Nelson told us recently.

Beaubois was cleared on Tuesday to upgrade his non-basketball work. After a doctor's visit, he's now permitted to work out with the help of an elliptical machine.

Roddy B is now moving without the use of a protective boot. … and Mavs players are beginning to anticipate what his return might mean.

"I know he is very frustrated,'' said close friend and fellow French-speaking Ian Mahinmi. "He wants to come back right now.''

Dirk Nowitzki – in need of help after another single-handed effort (42 points for him in Dallas' 88-84 win over Detroit on Tuesday) – continues to tout Beaubois' unique skill set, which he calls "unpredictableness.''

Said Dirk: "Jet is a shooter. I'm a shooter. Caron's more of a shooter. We don't have a guy that consistently gets in the paint. Hopefully Roddy will come back and open up our offense a little bit."

Hopefully … and apparently, within three or four weeks.

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