The Dallas Mavricks assigned Jones to the Texas Legends on Sunday, prior to departing on this four-game road trip. Carter sprained his left foot on the final play of Monday's loss at the Los Angeles Lakers as he got off a game-tying 3-point attempt. Carlisle ruled Carter out for Wednesday's game at the Los Angeles Clippers, and it would seem unlikely that Carter, who couldn't put weight on the foot after the game, would be available for Thursday night's game at the Utah Jazz.
Dallas wraps up the road trip Saturday at the New Orleans Hornets.
Even if Carter, the Mavs' second leading scorer off the bench and top 3-point shooter so far, is out for an extended period, the Mavs still might not need to call up Jones. Delonte West continues to start at shooting guard with Jason Terry coming off the bench and Rodrigue Beaubois next in line to absorb minutes.
"If this [Carter's injury] is going to be a short-term thing we may just ride it out," Carlisle said after the team's Tuesday practice at a local community college. "If not, we may bring him [Jones] back."
Jones has yet to play for the Legends, who play on Wednesday night against Tulsa, the start of a six-game homestand.