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

4Ozzie Guillen

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Ozzie Guillen was a hot commodity back in 2011 when the White Sox were ready to part ways with him. Leading the Sox to a World Series victory in 2005, Ozzie had unfortunately made more headlines with his big mouth than he did with his victories, but he seemed to be a perfect fit for the newly renamed Miami Marlins, who had moved to a brand new stadium and were looking to endear themselves to a largely Hispanic fan base. The Marlins sent two minor-leaguers to Chi-town in exchange for Guillen, who promptly pissed off the entire city when he said he “loved Fidel Castro” in an interview. Guillen lasted one season in Miami.

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