Nuggets Likely To Stand Pat Despite Offers

February 17 2013 at 9:47am CST By Chuck Myron

Many teams want to engage the Nuggets in trade talks before the deadline, given Denver's stockpile of versatile players, but GM Masai Ujiri still appears unlikely to make a move, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). That's in line with coach George Karl's comments from a little over a week ago that there's only a slim chance the team will do a deal. The Nuggets have a $13MM trade exception that's the largest among those set to expire at the deadline, so that could be part of the reason teams continue to try to get the Nuggets to rethink their stance.

The Nuggets have hit the All-Star break in fifth place in the Western Conference, but despite a favorable schedule down the stretch, there are doubts about how far the team can go. Though Denver's front office is "projecting calm," the most common prediction that executives from other teams have about the Nuggets' playoff chances is that they'll be eliminated in the second round, as Grantland's Zach Lowe revealed this week.

Denver gauged the Celtics' interest in trading Kevin Garnett, but KG wouldn't waive his no-trade clause to head there. The Nuggets have fielded plenty of calls about Timofey Mozgov, though they appear unlikely to move the soon-to-be restricted free agent unless they get an overwhelming offer. Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reported Friday that the Nuggets have interest in J.J. Redick, but conversation about him has dried up of late, since Redick, a free agent this summer, wants to stay in Orlando. Instead, the team could pursue a small-scale deal involving Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer or Anthony Randolph, Amico wrote.

Mozgov, Brewer and Julyan Stone are the only Nuggets on expiring contracts this year. Andre Iguodala is set to make $16.155MM in the final year of his deal next season, but he has an early-termination option, and whether he exercises that seems likely to be the most significant storyline of the offseason for the Nuggets. He hasn't committed one way or the other, but he's expressed a desire to stick around in Denver. 

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