LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — The Los Angeles Clippers have decided against extended head coach Vinny Del Negro contract after the club failed to get beyond the first round of the NBA Playoffs, ESPN reports on Tuesday.
It was believed that Del Negro, who guided Clippers to a 56-26 season record and a division title, was told that the team had to go deep into the playoffs if he wanted to stay in charge.
But after giving up a 2-0 series lead, losing four straight, to surrender its first round series to the Memphis Grizzlies 4-2, the coach was told that he would not be offered a new contract to return, reports claimed.
According to Yahoo! Sports, team leader and All-Star point guard Chris Paul, whose future with the club was in doubt wanted a different coach, despite him guiding the Clippers to a franchise-record 17-game winning streak this campaign.
Paul will be a free agent in summer and Clippers want to do everything in their powers to keep him.
Del Negro was in charge of the Los Angeles Clippers for three seasons where he won their first Pacific Division title this season.
The team did progressed to the Western Conference semifinals in the 2011-12 season.