Clippers say Chris Paul had no blame in Vinny Del Negro firing


The firing of Vinny Del Negro has been a hot story for a few days now, and it does not seem to be cooling off just yet. Just days ago, a source said Clippers PG Chris Paul was angry he was being blamed for the firing of Del Negro.

Now, according to the LA Times, the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations, Gary Sacks came out to say that CP3 should not be blamed for the dismissal and that the firing of Del Negro was an “organizational decision from the top down” and had nothing whatsoever to do with any players.

Sacks said that all parts, including Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling, President Andy Roeser and director of basketball operations Eric Miller, were all in agreement about the firing of Del Negro.

Sacks also said that CP3 will not play a major role in who the next coach will be.

The Clippers have a few candidates in mind and have had preliminary discussions with a few of them including Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw; former NBA coach and current ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy; former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott and former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry.

If the Memphis Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins is not offered a contract extension, he is another candidate the Clippers are interested in.

CP3 is free agent this Summer, the Clippers are planning to offer him a maximum contract of five years, worth $107.3 million.