Vinny Del Negro will not return as L.A. Clippers' head coach, according to report


A 56-win regular season wasn't enough to save the embattled head coach, who was let go after three seasons with the Clippers.

The L.A. Clippers will not bring back head coach Vinny Del Negro next season, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

With Chris Paul set to enter free agency this season, the Clippers have been doing everything they can to convince their All-Star point guard to sign with the franchise long term.

That apparently meant parting ways with Del Negro, who has been a lightning rod for criticism in spite of the team's success over the last two years.

Del Negro took over as the Clippers head coach in 2010 after a two-year stint with the Bulls. In three years in L.A., he finished with a 128-102 record, including two consecutive playoff berths.

However, their first-round loss to the Grizzlies this season may have sealed his fate. Del Negro was never tremendously popular with either the fans or the media, with concerns about his rotations and rudimentary offensive system following him from Chicago.

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