If Nuggets coach George Karl is to be believed – more on that in a minute – his organization is in a precarious place as the trade deadline speeds towards the NBA, arriving on Feb. 21.

The Nuggets are in fourth place in the Western Conference, and rising. Their inexperienced players – most notably Kenneth Faried – are improving at a steady rate. There aren’t many expiring contracts to take advantage of, though Timofey Mozgov and Corey Brewer both fit the bill there. Brewer has expressed his desire to stay while Mozgov expressed his desire to play anywhere.

And while Mozgov has been one of the most inquired-about Nuggets, there remains huge question marks as to whether the team will deal anyone at all. Karl emphasized that point after today’s shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena.

“(Nuggets general manager) Masai (Ujiri) and I have had one conversation about what’s going on in the trade world,” Karl said. “I’m really very happy with the team. Masai, it’s his job to figure out what makes us better and bring that to us. Right now, I don’t think there’s a lot of urgency for me to think about it very much. I used to read HoopsHype this time of year. I don’t even read HoopsHype anymore. I just look at some stats and some scheduling stuff.”