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Mavs MoneyLinks: Dirk Update, Ajinca's Start & More Trade Rumors

A gathering of news and opinions regarding our beloved Dallas Mavericks.

Carlisle offers some insight into Dirk's progress
When the Dallas Mavericks wrapped up Thursday’s practice at Trinity University, coach Rick Carlisle, for a 17th consecutive day, received the daily inquiry. "What’s the latest on Dirk? Will he play (in this case against the San Antonio Spurs Friday)?" And then Carlisle, for a 17th consecutive day, provided his unwavering response: "We’ll let you know. He’s working at it and making progress. He’s day-to-day."

With Ajinca's promotion to starter, Mavericks' rotation ready to welcome back Nowitzki
The decision to start Alexis Ajinca didn't create shock waves, at least not numerically. But it was an unequivocal success for the psychological boost it gave the Mavericks. By starting Ajinca, coach Rick Carlisle got the wheels in motion for when Dirk Nowitzki returns, which could be this weekend.

Rumors: Mavericks have discussed pursuing a trade for Devin Harris
The memory of Devin Harris as a Dallas Maverick currently floats between two worlds. It’s not as vivid as a yesterday’s events; Harris’ Maverick tenure is lacking in that fresh, day-old texture. At the same time, his time as a Mav hasn’t been bathed in nostalgia’s glow. His seasons in Dallas were good days, but they weren’t the good ol’ days.

Carlisle: Dirk increases workouts, signs are positive, but no rush
While you would think that there would be building frustration in the Mavericks’ locker room as the team awaits the return of an injured Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle says that’s not the case. After missing his eighth straight game due to a sprained right knee Wednesday night in Indiana, while his team suffered a 102-89 loss to fall to 2-6 without him, Nowitzki did work up a nice sweat a day later in San Antonio at the Mavericks’ Thursday afternoon practice.

Inside Skinny: Alexis Ajinca showcase?
The Dallas Mavericks are searching for ways to win in the temporary absence of Dirk Nowitzki and in the wake of the season-ending injury to Caron Butler. It's not going well. Dallas is 2-6 since Dirk went down with a knee sprain, and they've looked like a team that will really struggle to score in half-court situations come playoff time. But that's no surprise considering three of their top four scorers are out.