The Clippers have let the contract of head coach Vinny Del Negro expire, meaning he's no longer the coach of the team, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The details have yet to emerge, but there have been rumblings that Del Negro's days were numbered for some time. The latest rumor making waves is that Chris Paul and Dwight Howard will emerge in Atlanta together next season, but that's far from having any substance at this point. The Clippers failed to advance far enough in the playoffs for anyone's liking and "Paul coaches the Clippers" jokes were all the rage this season. Paul will likely have some say in who the next coach will be, while names like Byron Scott, Alvin Gentry, Mike Malone, Stan Van Gundy and Mike Budenholzer are already being listed as possible replacements for Del Negro.
Vinny Del Negro and Clippers owner Donald Sterling will meet this weekend, a league source told Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.
Haynes reports a decision on Del Negro's status as Clippers coach should come shortly after the meeting. There had been conflicting reports over the past week ranging from an "inevitable" firing to a possible contract extension for Del Negro. What seems clear is Sterling is reportedly Del Negro's biggest backer in the organization and will definitely have final say on whether he returns after the Clippers' first-round exit. Either way, we should know something next week.
The Clippers have not ruled out bringing back Vinny Del Negro as head coach, sources told ESPN.
The previous report from ESPN cited Del Negro's firing as "inevitable," so this is a contradiction from that. Furthermore, sources told ESPN there is "a level of interest within the organization to extend Del Negro's contract," so it doesn't appear his firing truly inevitable as it was painted to be. The final call rests with owner Donald Sterling, known as "Del Negro's biggest backer in the organization," but no decision has been made yet. According to the report, at least one other team has shown interest in Del Negro as a head coach so far.
Mark Madsen has been named head coach of the D-Fenders, the Lakers D-League team.
Clippers VP Gary Sacks met with free agent Chris Paul Saturday and said he's "very confident" that the All-Star point guard will re-sign.
Paul is eligible to sign a five-year, $108 million extension with the Clippers beginning on July 1. He may flirt with some other clubs, but in the end we'd be very surprised if CP3 didn't return to the Clips. The most any other team can offer Paul is four years and $79.9 million. The main reason he turned down the Clippers' three-year, $60 million offer last season was because he wanted to hold out for the five-year max contract.
Vinny Del Negro's dismissal as Clippers head coach is "inevitable," NBA insiders told ESPN's Marc Stein.
Del Negro's contract expires in June, and while the team has said no decisions have been made, Del Negro's hot seat is getting warmer by the day. The team reportedly wants to go "big" with their next coaching hire, and it's possible Stan Van Gundy's candidacy comes to light in the coming weeks if and when Del Negro is shown the door.
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that "rumblings persist" the Suns want to make Grant Hill their next general manager.
It would be an unmitigated disaster if the Suns hire a player on the heels of his retirement to waltz into a general manager's job. The Phoenix roster is an absolute abomination and the team sorely needs someone who has had front office experience. It's unclear how serious the Suns are about hiring Hill or if Hill even has an interest in the job, but Phoenix should be aiming higher.