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Monday, January 24, 2011
Alexis Ajinca trade still in league’s hands

By Jeff Caplan

DALLAS -- The Mavericks continue to wait for league approval on the contested Alexis Ajinca-to-Toronto trade that will then enable them to sign free agent Peja Stojakovic, who is in town and watched the Mavs' Monday practice.

Ajinca remains in Dallas, too, but he's waiting at home until his fate is determined. Mavs president Donnie Nelson said he's hopeful the trade will gain the NBA's seal of approval, but if it doesn't he said the Mavs are prepared to make a roster space available with a different move. That would likely mean simply waiving the 7-foot-1 center.

As for Stojakovich, he's already been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers by coach Rick Carlisle. Of course, at this pace he might not even be signed by then. The earliest it appears Stojakovic will be ready to suit up is Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

UPDATE: The league approved the Ajinca trade Monday afternoon, and the Mavs signed Stojakovic soon after.