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

Wojnarowski: Vinny Del Negro Has Been Fired

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This is no surprise. Since the Los Angeles Clippers were eliminated in six games by the Memphis Grizzlies, things shifted into “when is Vinny Del Negro” gonna be fired.

In three years as the Clippers coach, Del Negro posted a record of 128-102 (franchise highest win percentage – .557%) including a franchise best 56 wins this season, but things just didn’t work out posting a 6-11 record in the post-season the last two years. Between the misuse of DeAndre Jordan, relying on depth in the playoffs and making Chris Paul run each and every bit of the offense, it became clear that Del Negro wasn’t the coach the Clips needed to get over the hill in the Western Conference.

Now with him going the Los Angeles Clippers becomes the most attractive coaching vacancy in the league. The market will allow them to land free agents, they have a top-3 player in Chris Paul if he decides to re-sign in free agency and a top 10 power forward in Blake Griffin. Wojnarowski dabbled into few who could be a candidate for the Clippers this summer.

Del Negro was informed of the decision on Tuesday afternoon.

Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins – who will be a free agent at season’s end – is a candidate for the job, league sources said. Another possible target, Stan Van Gundy, has said that he plans to sit out next season. Golden State assistant Mike Malone – who worked with Paul in New Orleans – could be a candidate too, sources said.

via Los Angeles Clippers not retaining Vinny Del Negro as coach – Yahoo! Sports

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