NBA Teams Who Need to Trade Their Coaches, Not Players

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NBA Teams Who Need to Trade Their Coaches, Not Players
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Can you actually trade a coach? Well, sort of. Just ask Stan Van Gundy.

In December of 2005, Van Gundy resigned as head coach of the Miami Heat only 21 games into the season. Team president Pat Riley took over and the Heat won the NBA title.

In 2007—after Florida Gators coach Billy Donovan backed out of the $27 million contract he had signed—the Orlando Magic pursued Stan Van Gundy, the only other coach they had interviewed for the position.

The Heat still retained the rights to Van Gundy's coaching services, but they allowed him to take the job with the Magic. For compensation, the Heat received the 39th pick in the 2007 draft and the option to swap first-round picks in 2008 or receive another second-rounder and cash.

Getting compensation for a coach you don't want? That's a win-win situation.

So, how about some other current coaches that should be traded? Well, where do I start?

While I would be very, very surprised to see any of these coaches actually get traded, the point is that it could technically happen. So please indulge my tongue-in-cheek review of the NBA coaching landscape.

There have already been three head coaches dismissed this season, and it's not even the All-Star break yet—so it seems like anything could happen. Here, in order of their worthiness to be fired, are coaches that should instead be traded for something. Or anything.

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