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(Trade) winds of change

Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed if you're conventional wisdom.

Case in point: The old CW about NBA coaches.

Time was it was taken on faith that coaches in the NBA were the most disposable of parts, paid far less than the players whom they ostensibly outranked and ever vulnerable to being run out on a rail if the right player grew weary of them (See: Magic Johnson, Paul Westhead. Also Michael Jordan, Doug Collins).

To be sure, there have always been exceptions to this: Jerry Sloan, Gregg Popovich, Phil Jackson, on and on. But by and large, when an NBA covets a commodity, it's almost always a player.

Well. Not this time.

This time the Clippers have agreed in principle to surrender a 2015 first-round draft pick to acquire the contract of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who reportedly is scheduled to get $7 million a year for the next three years. That's not quite LeBron money, but it's no pittance, either.

Apparently, the Clips thinks this will ensure that Chris Paul, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, signs a new five-year max deal.

So not so disposable after all, these NBA coaches. Or at least the right ones.

Ben Smith's blog.

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