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Donnie Nelson talked about the future Monday. Following a disastrous week for the Mavericks, he obviously didn't have much to be positive about.
The Mavericks president of basketball operations attempted to sound upbeat when talking about fielding a playoff contender for the upcoming season. But disappointment overshadowed all.
Not landing Deron Williams has left the Mavericks franchise looking average at best with little to be excited about going forward. But Nelson said he had no regrets on how the franchise attempted to land most likely the biggest name in this summer's free agency class.
"We were in position to get a superstar, which is how you win championships in this league, so there are no regrets whatsoever," Nelson said on 103.3's Ben and Skin Show KESN-FM. "We would have done everything the same way."
Not only did the Mavericks miss out on Williams, guards Jason Terry and Jason Kidd cornerstone pieces to the Mavs' 2011 title team both have agreed to join new teams.
So how do you replace them and re-stock the roster? Using multiple trade exceptions is Nelson's intention.
"We're in a position, especially with the way the new CBA is going to kick in next summer, we're in a position to have flexibility," he said. "Look, it didn't work out for us in the short term. All you can do is move on. We were in position to get the job done. We respect Williams' decision. It's something that's a tough pill to swallow. But at this point, we're on to the next options."
According to Nelson, one of those options will not include stripping the team down and rebuilding through the draft. In his opinion, the Mavs will attempt to acquire a star via trade.
"We're absolutely not looking to tear up the season next year," he said.
The Mavericks haven't missed the postseason since the 1999-2000 season. Nelson says it's possible to keep that 12-year streak alive.
"You never know," he said, "with a little luck and with some mid-season trade stuff that may come to fruition, you just never know."
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