"It was no secret management and ownership wanted the two younger point guards to play."
"He was a great leader for our young players," Malone said. "And then on the court, he was playing at a high level for us last year. But at the same time, if you look at the big picture, you give Jamal and Emmanuel room to grow and develop."
With just 12 days to go until the Nuggets' regular season opener, Denver still has two position battles to decide.
The point guard competition between Jameer Nelson, Jamal Murray, and Emmanuel Mudiay is still ongoing.
The Nuggets rested four of their five starters Wednesday night against the Lakers, it gave the bench a chance to shine.
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Once Emmanuel Mudiay returns from injury, Michael Malone will again have to sort out a point guard rotation.