DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki said after tonight’s one-point loss to Memphis that Roddy Beaubois probably won’t be ready to play until December. That’s not based on any official team timetable and Nowitzki doesn’t have a medical license.
It’s just more of an educated guess. And considering Beaubois, the dynamic second-year guard who’s expected to take on a significant role in Dallas’ offense is still in a walking boot, it’s probably a good guess.
“Obviously, we’re all waiting on Roddy,” Nowitzki said. “It doesn’t look like he’s going to play until December the way he looks, so we just have fight through it.”
Beaubois wasn’t aware of Nowitzki’s rehab schedule. The 6-foot-2 native of Guadeloupe, dealing with a stress fracture in his left foot, recently had a minor setback when he tried to return to practice. Beaubois suffered the injury in August and had surgery.
“I don’t know. I can’t give you a date,” Beaubois said. “It’s week to week.”
He then added: “This time I’m going to take my time.”
Nowitzki predicted that Jason Terry would move back into his customary sixth-man role once Beaubois does returns, though Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is the one who’s going to make that decision.
“It’s not going to be any time soon,” Nowitzki continued. “[Beaubois is] still in a damn boot, so it’s still going to be a while. I still think we’re going to be all right. We have a deep team when Roddy comes back and enough options to win games.”
Nowitzki also went on to say that’s Beaubois’ scoring talents, especially his unpredictability, is a positive for a team that’s often too predictable.
“He might put up a 3 from 25 feet, and next time he drives it and one. He’s a great finisher in there,” Nowitzki said. “He just brings that step, that pep in our game we need sometimes.”