5 Most Famous Coaching Trades in Sports History

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It’s a done deal. The NBA has officially reviewed and approved the trade of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers. Doc, a former Clipper himself, is headed west in exchange for an unprotected 2015 first-round draft pick from LA. It’s an interesting move, considering that trades involving coaches are actually not permitted by the NBA, but the league has allowed some technicalities to help push through a deal that moves the future Hall of Fame coach to a talented major market team with growing popularity. Meaning they stand to make a lot of money, so it’s all good. And while rare, trades involving head coaches are not unprecedented in professional sports.
5 Most Famous Coaching Trades in Sports History

2Stan Van Gundy

After serving as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat for nearly a decade, Stan Van Gundy was hired in 2003 to take the reins from coach Pat Riley, who was poised to become team president. SVG’s tenure would last two full seasons and a handful of awkward games, after which Pat Riley wanted his shiny toy back. Early in ’05-’06, Van Gundy resigned, though it was hardly his decision, and Pat Riley once again took over. Riley won the NBA title with Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade, while SVG, who was still under contract, was traded to Orlando in 2007.

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