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Roddy Beaubois finally looks ahead

DALLAS -- The boot is off and Roddy Beaubois is smiling. The second-year guard's healing left foot still won't allow him on the practice court for an undetermined amount of time -- at least a couple more weeks -- but the removal of the boot on Monday is a clear sign of progress.

"That's great for me. It's a big step," Beaubois said. "It's great to know it's getting better."

Dallas Mavericks team physician Dr. T.O. Souryal cleared Beaubois to ditch the boot after a routine exam on Monday. Beaubois said he will now be examined every 10 days with hopes that each visit will clear him to increase his workload. For the moment, that workload is more or less walking.

"He's making progress. From here, we're going to continue to be very cautious with his rehab," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "But, this is another positive step."

Carlisle said he has been given no timetable of how long before Beaubois can become a practice player and he acknowleged that it will still be some time before he's able to play in a game for the first time this season. Beaubois broke his foot in early August while training with the French national team for the FIBA World Championships.

Beaubois returned to Dallas days later and underwent surgery to insert a pin into his foot. He tried to remove the boot more than a month ago, but he felt discomfort and had been back in the boot ever since.

"We're going to continue to err on the side of the caution," Carlisle said. "It will be awhile before he's back on the court in a uniform, bu this is progress."