Vinny Del Negro Is Out As Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach

May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro reacts to a missed basket against the Memphis Grizzlies in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Vinny Del Negro was on thin ice through the whole of the 2012-13 season, and the first-round exit in the 2013 NBA Playoffs finally cracked the ice. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Del Negro will not be back as the Los Angeles Clippers head coach next season.

As Chris Paul enters free agency, many assumed that a coaching change would be inevitable. While Del Negro progressed with the Clippers, he is not the coach who can get the most out of his team, and ultimately didn’t provide postseason results despite having a talented roster.

Wojnarowski says that VDN was informed of the team’s decision Tuesday afternoon. There are several potential candidates for the vacancy. Lionel Hollins, who is currently the coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and the one responsible for knocking out the Clippers, is on an expiring contract and the Clippers could be interested in picking him up.

Other candidates are Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone, who has previously worked with Chris Paul while he still played for the New Orleans Hornets, and Stan Van Gundy, who himself said that he wants to sit out the 2013-14 season.

Stay tuned to KJG as we continue to give you the latest news on the Clippers’ coaching search.

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Topics: Chris Paul, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Hornets, Vinny Del Negro

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