May 18, 2013 10:27 AM EDT
Vinny Del Negro is scheduled to meet with Donald Sterling over the weekend to discuss his job status, a league source said Friday.
Del Negro and Sterling are scheduled to meet in Los Angeles and a decision is anticipated shortly after.
Del Negro's contract expires June 30.
May 16, 2013 10:56 AM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers have not ruled out bringing back coach Vinny Del Negro, according to sources close to the process.
Donald Sterling will make the final call on Del Negro’s future.
Del Negro was hired by the Clippers in 2010 and owns a 128-102 record in three seasons with the team.
May 09, 2013 2:07 AM EDT
Matt Barnes has discussed this offseason with Chris Paul and has gotten a sense that the Los Angeles Clippers' star will re-sign in free agency.
"Chris and I have seen each other a few times after the season and that's something we've discussed," Barnes said on Wednesday. "Not to really get into his business too much, but I think the Clippers are one of his of top teams to say the least and if I was betting guy I would say he would be back with the Clippers next year."
Barnes would like to return to the Clippers, but he is also looking for an increase in salary after signing a one-year contract worth the veteran's minimum last summer.
"I had a great season with the Clippers and my family is very comfortable here in L.A.," Barnes said. "So the Clippers are going to be one of my top choices, but we're looking for a pay increase."
May 07, 2013 4:58 PM EDT
Chris Paul has yet to commit to re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, but it is considered a probable outcome.
One source said that there are "too many positives" for Paul to remain with the Clippers.
Another source predicted that there's "zero chance" of Paul giving up the fifth year and nearly $30 million in additional guaranteed money.
The Clippers need to improve their roster in order to become a legitimate title contender, and Paul could potentially force his way out via trade after signing a new deal should the pieces not come together.
May 07, 2013 10:42 AM EDT
The Phoenix Suns are interested in hiring Grant Hill to become general manager of the franchise.
The Suns fired Lance Blanks at the beginning of their offseason and have narrowed their other candidates down to Ryan McDonough and Jeff Weltman.
Hill has yet to decide if he wants to continue his playing career.
Hill played five seasons for the Suns before signing with the Los Angeles Clippers last offseason.
May 06, 2013 6:21 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers are "very confident" that Chris Paul will re-sign with the franchise this offseason.
Gary Sacks, vice president of basketball operations, met with Paul on Saturday.
Paul is eligible to sign a five-year, $108 million extension after July 1.
"The No. 1 priority for us right now has to be re-signing our star player, Chris Paul," Sacks said. "That's our goal, that's what we want to do. We want to put ourselves in a position to do that. We feel this organization is in a position to move forward with that goal in mind. It's always difficult, it's never easy, but we feel confident we can be successful."
Paul was noncommittal about returning to the Clippers when he met with the media on Saturday.
May 06, 2013 2:26 PM EDT
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN reports that the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics could execute a trade of Blake Griffin, Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
"Absurd," said one source from the Celtics to Greg Dickerson of Comcast in response to the story.
Smith also reports that Doc Rivers could go with Pierce and Garnett to the Clippers.
"It is already being talked about in NBA circles," said Smith.
Smith wouldn't answer definitively if it is actually being discussed between the two teams.
May 04, 2013 8:24 PM EDT
Chris Paul has already spoken with Matt Barnes about staying with the Los Angeles Clippers.
"Chris and I have already been talking about it," Barnes said while speaking to reporters at the Clippers’ training facility on Saturday. "We talked about it on the plane last night. He's obviously the franchise player but we also talked about what I was thinking about doing. Without giving anything away, he was doing his job (in recruiting me)."
Paul and Barnes will be unrestricted free agents in July.
Paul refused to tip his hand when pressed for details about his plans.
"I don't know how this whole thing is going to play out," Paul said. "I'm going to pray about it. We'll see."
May 04, 2013 10:27 AM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers will take "about a week" to evaluate the season before making a decision on Vinny Del Negro, according to one source.
Del Negro, who is the final year of his contract, wants to return to the Clippers.
"It's something that I want to do, not something I have to do,” Del Negro said. “I enjoy it, I enjoy the competition, I enjoy seeing guys develop and come together as a team. A lot of things are thrown at you, that's for sure, but I love the challenge of it."
Gary Sacks declined to comment on Del Negro’s future.
"We just lost the game. We're going to let the dust settle a little bit and then evaluate everything," Sacks said. "Our coaches and players did a good job this year. But right after the game, I can't really comment on it."
May 03, 2013 6:23 PM EDT
Blake Griffin, who drew top billing during his rookie year with the Los Angeles Clippers -- and later increased his popularity by winning the Slam Dunk contest -- doesn’t mind taking a backseat to Chris Paul.
"Somebody tried to say last year, 'Man, you went from Batman to Robin real quick,'" Griffin said. "But honestly, to me, it was like, 'Batman and Robin always saved the day.'
"It's not about being the man. I just want to be a winner, and CP is going to help me be a winner.”
Griffin has had to adjust to fewer touches, different spots on the floor, and everything else that comes with trying to fit in as a second option.
"Playing with CP has changed the way I play, but for the better,” Griffin said. “It's still a work in progress, but I think it's making me a better player.
"I want to play with great players. I want to play with guys who want to win like he does."
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