DENVER (AP) - Masai Ujiri figured the best deal for his young Denver Nuggets team was simply not to make one.
Usually so active around the trade deadline, the Nuggets' executive of basketball operations resisted the temptation to significantly alter his team. Sure, he listened to offers. And yes, he even pitched a few.
But Ujiri decided to give the Nuggets an opportunity to develop this season instead of disrupting their growth with a big trade.
Speaking after the deadline Thursday, Ujiri said he doesn't think this squad is quite ready to be a ``contending team,'' but given time they could turn into one, especially with emerging players such as Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried leading the way.
That's why he elected to leave them be for now.

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