Sources: The Los Angeles Clippers are still considering keeping Vinny Del Negro as head coach
Summary of 2 articles · Updated May 16, 2013
The Los Angeles Clippers, after following up the first division title in franchise history with a disappointing first-round playoff exit, have not ruled out bringing back coach Vinny Del Negro, according to sources close to the process. Early indications were that the Clippers would likely make a decision on Del Negro whose contract expires June 30 within a week or so of their Game 6 loss in Memphis on May 3. The final call ultimately rests with Clippers owner Donald Sterling who is regarded as Del Negro's biggest backer in the organization but one source close to the process said Wednesday that team officials were still deliberating and that no decision has been made yet. Sources stressed that Sterling could still wind up deciding to go another direction entering a critical summer for the team with Chris Paul bound for free agency July 1. But the process has taken longer because Sterling generally prefers to take his time on major decisions.