Vinny Del Negro's ouster as Clippers coach seen as 'inevitable,' according to report

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A first-round exit may have sealed the fate of the embattled coach, whose contract expires at the end of June.

Vinny Del Negro's tenure with the LA Clippers may be coming to an end, according to a report from Marc Stein of

With Chris Paul set to enter free agency and Del Negro's contract set to expire, the franchise is determined to make a big splash in an effort to keep their All-NBA point guard in town (via Stein):

The consistent word in coaching circles is that the Clippers want to go "big" with their forthcoming coaching hire after what insiders continue to describe as the inevitable dismissal of Vinny Del Negro in the wake of L.A.'s first-round exit.

Despite leading the Clippers to a 56-26 regular season record, the best mark in franchise history, Del Negro's job was widely seen as in jeopardy headed into the playoffs.

Dating back to his days with the Chicago Bulls, there have been criticisms about Del Negro's system on both sides of the ball as well as his rotations.

If Paul decides to stay in L.A., there will be no shortage of suitors for the Clippers job and the opportunity to coach two All-Stars in the prime of their career.

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