Mavs 'putting the brakes' on Harris

DALLAS -- Mavericks guard Devin Harris won’t get his early Christmas gift of being cleared to play.

Harris, who traveled to New York on Monday to visit the doctor who performed his summer toe surgery, will not practice for an undetermined amount of time. He had hoped to begin playing in games month, but Harris suffered a setback with pain and swelling in the toe last week.

“I think we’re putting the brakes on obviously with him a little bit,” Carlisle said. “He needs a little time to heal a little bit more and let that thing settle down. In due time, he’ll be back to the full schedule of stuff. He was doing some good things until he had the setback.”

Harris, who the Mavs hope can contribute off the bench at both guard spots this season, was limited to running on the elliptical and some light shooting during Tuesday’s practice.

The Mavs originally agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal with the 30-year-old Harris this summer, but a pre-signing physical screening revealed that he had a left big toe injury that needed to be surgically repaired. The parties soon agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, knowing that Harris would be sidelined for a long stretch to start the season.

“It’s a situation that’s not shocking,” Carlisle said. “We’ve just got to stay the course and get him right.”