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Is Doc Rivers worth it?

Perhaps not him alone, but if he clinches Chris Paul, he sure is

Updated: June 24, 2013, 9:17 AM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | ESPN Insider

The early offseason has been remarkable in the NBA coaching ranks, and not in a good way.

Owners, fans and even many front-office officials are anxious to win. We get it. However, all you have to do is look at the teams that played for the 2012-13 NBA championship to realize that there are still two aspects of an operation that are undervalued by those who write the paychecks in the league: continuity and coaching.

At least 13 teams will be led by new coaches next season, a number that grew by one with the startling news that longtime Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers had been "traded" to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Was Rivers worthy of such a bold move by the Clippers? Well, head coaches are typically hired for one of two reasons. Either they've been a head coach in the past and had some degree of success, or they are a key assistant on a currently successful team. Rivers obviously falls in the former category. Once in a while, you'll have an in-house assistant promoted, but that doesn't typically jibe with a team's fever for change.

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