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 Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks sits on the bench duiring a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center on November 12, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks sits on the bench duiring a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center on November 12, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS (CBS SPORTS) – All the Dallas Mavericks wanted for Christmas was Dirk Nowitzki back. And they may get their wish.

Nowitzki, 34, went through his first full contact practice Wednesday, opening the possibility of a return to the floor very soon. He has been out since mid-October after having arthroscopic knee surgery.

Just a couple weeks ago Dirk didn’t sound very encouraged with his situation and hinted that he might not be able to return until 2013.

“I don’t think the middle of December is happening now to be honest,” he said on Dec. 5.

Currently the Mavs are 12-13, all without Dirk. They’re sitting outside of the West’s top eight teams and obviously need help. The Mavs will take it slow with Nowitzki, bringing him along at a steady pace. When he does return, he’ll likely have his minutes watched very closely.

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