Sources told ESPN that Bogut, in the best-case scenario, will be able to return to the court in 10 days to two weeks after a collision under the basket in Monday night's loss to Charlotte that looked far more ominous in real time.
Bogut was injured when Roy Hibbert fell into his leg after Mavs swingman Justin Anderson drove to the basket in the final minute of the first quarter. Bogut immediately clutched his right knee and, after getting on his feet moments later, limped straight to the locker room.
The Mavericks have not yet formally announced results of Bogut's MRI, but coach Rick Carlisle acknowledged after Tuesday's practice that Bogut will miss at least the next three games "and probably longer."
Bogut is a 12-year veteran whom the Mavs acquired in a trade from the Golden State Warriors that created salary-cap space for Kevin Durant this summer. He is averaging 3.8 points, a team-high 10.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists this season.
ESPN staff writer Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.