"I guess you take it as a good thing," Iguodala said. "It makes you feel like you're wanted."
Timofey Mozgov saw his name surface in trade speculation as well and would've been open to a deal, simply to get more playing time. The Russian center doesn't see much court time playing behind McGee and Kosta Koufos.
Only, Ujiri wasn't about to part with Mozgov.
"Big guys take a long time to develop. We understand that," Ujiri said. "We've seen his progress. We haven't seen the end with him. ... We feel like he can get better."
Holding back was a big decision for Ujiri.
"We feel we're at a stage where we will leave them to grow," he said. "If you bring something in here that's not making a big difference, then you're messing with a couple of guys and their growth. We felt that standing pat is the best way to go. We're the third-youngest team in the NBA. We feel like these guys are growing. We feel like from the beginning of the season to now, we've made some progress."
Now if only someone would emerge as a locker-room leader.
"That's something this team has to get stronger at, instead of me being the policeman of the team all the time," Karl said.
While he's at it, Karl wouldn't mind another consistent shooter, either. Someone like, well, Gallinari, who's steadily becoming more dependable.
"I don't think there's any question that shooting the ball is something that we have to examine somewhere along the way," Karl said. "Statistically, a lot of the formulas we study, they say if we shot the ball better we'd be tremendously efficient."
Still, the Nuggets boast one of the best home records (23-3) in the league.
"I honestly think we have a pretty good team," Iguodala said. "If we improve and continue to be on the incline, as far as our basketball IQ, and continue to grow with one another, we're going to be a really good team and we'll be scary.
"We'll continue to fly under the radar, but it's really up to us to believe in each other and keep playing."