Donnie Nelson believes the Mavericks would have been able to re-sign Jason Terry and Jason Kidd had they been able to reach an agreement with Deron Williams.

Nelson described the stretch of losing out on Williams, followed by the departures of Terry and Kidd as the toughest since he has been with the Mavericks.

“It was really a difficult time for us,'' Nelson told the Arlington-based radio network. “We were really hopeful that we would be able to bang home the D-Will thing, in which case I think [Terry and Kidd] would probably be back.''