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Nuggets resting Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari – not by coach or player choice

Denver Nuggets vs Milwaukee Bucks

DENVER, CO - MARCH 03: Ty Lawson (3) of the Denver Nuggets, Kenneth Faried (35) and Danilo Gallinari (8) talk after the second quarter of action against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Milwaukee Bucks at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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Melvin Hunt has done too good a job with the Nuggets.

Under the interim coach, Denver has gone 6-2 and climbed to “just” the NBA’s eighth-worst record.

So, out go Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari.

Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post:

On one hand, there’s something unsettling about a lottery-bound team resting healthy starters – especially a team with players who haven’t exactly given maximum effort all season. Lawson, Faried and Gallinari will get plenty of rest in a month.

On the other hand, this is the system the NBA created (and wants to change).

The Nuggets’ primary goals should be securing a high draft pick, developing young players and keeping everyone healthy. This supports all three objectives.

It’s hard to blame them for operating this way.