Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 5/21/13
Vinny Del Negros third season as Clippers coach was arguably his best, but it wasnt enough to save his job. According to Yahoo Sports, Del Negro, whose three-year contract expires at the end of June, was told by the team that he will not be offered a new deal. The Clippers did not make an announcement and did not respond to an email requesting more information. The Clippers won a franchise-record 56 games during the regular season and captured the teams first division title but lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBAs Western Conference playoffs. The first-round collapse in six games came one season after the Clippers had advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The combination of point guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin was expected to propel the Clippers to at least the conference finals, but their elimination was deemed a failure. The team is hoping Paul will sign a five-year contract to return, but its possible he may have expressed concern that Del Negro is the man to keep the Clippers moving forward. Among the possible replacements for Del Negro are Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Golden State assistant Michael Malone.
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