The Tuesday Roundup: Najera is a Mav

Najera can't stop smiling after trade back to Mavericks | Eddie Sefko - DMN
"Today is the first time I've been able to smile." Najera estimated he's received more than 100 congratulatory text or e-mail messages, which is unusual for a guy who just got traded. But when you're going from the New Jersey Nets, who own a 3-34 record, to the Mavericks, it's cause for celebration.

J-Ho practices; Thomas hurt; Najera coming | ESPN Dallas
"We obviously think he can help our team," Carlisle said. "His health situation is he's had some injury things go on this year. But, my understanding is that he's been doing better, so we'll see. He's going to be who he is. I've never coached him, but my perception is he plays one way and that's full-speed ahead. Guys like that, you always want to have as many as you can on your team."

Tuesday Morning Mavs Donuts: Who Cut Your Hair? | Mike Fisher - DB.com 
I'm not saying I'm not excited about Eddie Najera coming back to town. He's a friend of DallasBasketball.com, he's got a business interest that I'm associated with, he's a tremendous locker-room guy, and if the Mavs need a third "center" to come in and wrassle with people, "El Rayo" will dutifully wrassle. I'm just saying that in terms of actual production, I'm not as excited about the acquisition as, say, the good folks across the hall at 1480 ESPN Radio Deportes. They are excited!

Tim Thomas uncertain, but two other Mavs hopeful to play vs. Lakers | DMN
Josh Howard went through practice on Monday after sitting out Saturday’s game with a thigh contusion. Drew Gooden also practiced and called the improvement of his dislocated right ring finger "unbelievable.’’ Both are hopeful about playing Wednesday against the Lakers. Meanwhile, Tim Thomas tweaked his left ankle late in Monday’s practice and had it wrapped in ice afterward. His status is uncertain,

Why are Mavs lackluster at home? | Jeff Caplan - ESPNDallas
The Mavs are fast approaching last season's nine total home losses. "Maybe we’re a little bit looser, a little bit more engaged because it's just us on the road and we kind of sit back at home and feel like we’re going to go on a little 8-0 or 10-0 run to get us back in the game," Jason Kidd said. "Normally the Mavs have always been dominant at home and maybe struggled a little bit on the road."

Carlisle finished 19,562 points behind Dirk | Jeff Caplan - ESPNDallas
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is 16 points away from joining the NBA's exlusive 20,000-point club. In all liklihood he'll get there Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers. "It’s huge," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "To give you an idea of how staggering I think it is, I think my total points for my career is 199. I don’t think I got to 200."

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