L.A Clippers Sign Vinny Del Negro
Clippers still in the hunt for LeBron
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 26: Head Coach Vinny Del Negro of the Chicago Bulls speaks at the press conference following the game against the Boston Celtics in Game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images)
The Clippers said Tuesday in an e-mail that more details would be announced Wednesday.
Del Negro was fired by the Chicago Bulls in May after going 82-82 in two seasons and making two postseason appearances.
Mike Dunleavy quit as Clippers coach in early February to focus exclusively on his general manager duties, then he and the team severed ties completely on March 8. His assistant, Kim Hughes, finished the season as interim coach before being dismissed on April 15.
The Clippers had a 29-53 record last season, missing the playoffs for the 15th time in 17 years. They were 8-33 on the road, their worst mark away from home since 1999-2000, when they went 5-36.
Del Negro's hiring comes with the Clippers having significant salary cap space in their attempt to lure free agent LeBron James from Cleveland.
Whether they're successful in landing James should be known Thursday night, when he is expected to announce where he will play next season.
With or without James, Del Negro will oversee a roster featuring Blake Griffin, last year's No. 1 draft pick who got hurt and missed all of last season. He is healthy now and is expected to anchor a lineup that includes All-Star center Chris Kaman, former All-Star guard Baron Davis and Eric Gordon.
The Clippers recently drafted Al-Farouq Aminu of Wake Forest and Willie Warren of Oklahoma University and traded for guard Eric Bledsoe of Kentucky University.
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