Donnie Nelson: We didn't take a step back

Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson dishes on the method to his long-term plan, the loss of Tyson Chandler, training camp and much more.

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On the decision to let Tyson Chandler walk, and the current lineup:

Well you can't have your cake and eat it too. If you want to re-sign those guys, then you're not going to have a chance at the big boys this summer.

So if we wanted to continue to do special things, kind of like we did last year, you've got to be in play with those opportunities. So, we certainly haven't taken a step back. We feel like we've got the firepower, in a different way. Probably need to bolster the frontcourt a little bit, but we've got one of the most versatile front lines in the league.

We don't have Tyson, but I certainly think that we haven't gone backwards.