The Nuggets gave JaVale McGee the $10 million salary that rightfully belongs to Ty Lawson.

It was a silly move. Too many dollars. Too little sense.

What's taking Denver so long to rectify the mistake?

If the Nuggets want Lawson to be this team's leader, they can't treat their point guard like chopped liver.

Everybody with the Nuggets, from general manager Masai Ujiri to Rocky the mascot, knows Lawson is the team's most valuable player.

That's why his salary of $2.55 million is a joke, and giving McGee a big raise without taking care of Lawson was a mistake.

Nuggets coach George Karl can preach all he wants about never comparing paychecks when allotting playing time, and back his words with a decision to bring McGee off the bench. But the truth is: Money is used to keep score in the NBA.