Posts tagged: Los Angeles Clippers
Not to be outdone by the Celtics’ meeting with Kwame Brown, the Los Angeles Clippers have signed Vinny Del Negro to be their next head coach. (Yahoo!)
Del Negro was fired by the Chicago Bulls in May after going 82-82 in two seasons and making two postseason appearances. Del Negro and Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey were finalists for the job and had second interviews in Los Angeles on Monday.
Mike Dunleavy stepped down as the Clippers’ coach midway through last season and continued as general manager until he was eventually fired. Dunleavy’s assistant Kim Hughes finished the season as interim coach.
Del Negro made a good impression on Clippers owner Donald Sterling and other team officials when he interviewed last week.
What, was Rick Pitino not available?
Though there has been plenty of speculation that Mike Miller wants a deal worth more than the mid-level exception, Miller spoke his mind on the subject yesterday: The MLE is fine by him, as long as it’s in the right situation. (TrueHoop)
Miller has already sat down with the Heat, Clippers and Knicks, three teams with an abundance of salary cap space. Yet he also is amenable to signing for the midlevel exception that starts at $5.9 million in the first year, “because it means I’d be playing with a good team.”
That would include the Cavaliers if LeBron returns. Not only is Miller tight with James he’s also friends with Antawn Jamison, who was traded to Cleveland by the Wizards last season in the post-Gilbert’s Guns breakup of the team. Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant put in a call to Miller at the onset of the free agency period, and Cleveland remains a viable option for him.
The Celtics aren’t mentioned as a team Miller has sat down with, but his name has been thrown out there as a possibile Celt. It’s a good sign he’s willing to play for the mid-level, although it could end up biting the C’s in the ass if Miller signs with the Lakers, Cavs, or any other contender.
In case you didn’t trust me earlier when I wrote it was likely that Pierce stays in Boston, here’s Steve Bulpett on the matter:
While there is still the possibility that another team will make – or has made, by the time you read this – the proverbial offer to Paul Pierce that he cannot refuse, it is expected he will finalize a new deal with the Celtics shortly.
Pierce did not opt out of the final year of his contract (and a crisp $21,513,521) to make a splash in the free agent market. According to sources close to Pierce, the plan is to work out a contract with the Celts that meets two ends – the team’s need for luxury tax and salary cap relief and the captain’s desire to remain with the club.
So while Pierce will be helping the Celts with this move, he is not hurting himself either.
I highly doubt another team would make Pierce an offer he cannot refuse. Not before all the other free agents have decided on new homes, anyway. Pierce isn’t nearly as desirable as he once was.
He’ll be coming back home to Boston, methinks. The only potential Pierce suitor that really gives me worry is the Clippers. If he wants to go play back home, and could get offered more money, would Pierce do it? My heart tells me no, but that’s the one option I’m afraid of. Hopefully the Clippers spend their money elsewhere.
I know I wondered why Vinny Del Negro was being considered for any head coaching jobs. But now things are urgent and I’ve changed my mind: He is super-qualified to coach the Clippers and they’d be fools to pass him up!
Why such a 180? Del Negro is reportedly on the “short list” of candidates to replace Doc Rivers, should Rivers retire and, well, I’d rather not see that happen.
Still no word from Celtics coach Doc Rivers to some of his closest confidants as to whether he will be back on the Boston bench next season. Vinny Del Negro, who along with Dwane Casey is a finalist for the Clippers job, is on the Celtics’ short list of candidates to replace Rivers if he steps down to spend more time with his family.
So, uhh, Vinny Del Negro is a legitimate option if Rivers doesn’t come back? Need I ask why? I know he’s from Massachusetts and everything, but so am I. And I probably have as good a head coaching resume as Vinny does. I once coached my high school varsity’s summer league team to the championship game and, even though we lost, I made a genius decision to sic our diesel, tough, 5’11″ two-guard on the opposing team’s all-league, 6’7″ center and completely locked the soft bastard down. If my team wasn’t completely out-talented, we would have taken home the ring. You know what they say about me? That I could coach five mules to victory.
They don’t exactly say that about Vinny. People are more likely to consider him the mule. And now he might coach the Celtics? Yikes. This Vinny on the short list thing is either a practical joke being played by some high-ranking Celtics official, or it’s true. Here’s hoping it ain’t true.
Look, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen’s decisions on whether or not to remain Celtics could hinge on who the C’s coach is next season. Something tells me Vinny Del Negro isn’t going to be a guy who will keep them around. So why doesn’t Del Negro make it easy on us and get hired by the Clippers? Then I’ll never have to waste another second trembling in fear at the thought of Vinny and his $3 haircut coaching my Celtics.
Doc, if you’re reading this, please come back. Please.
You’ve gotta be kidding me. I accidentally oversleep and woke up to news that Paul Pierce’s agent is “investigating Pierce’s marketability” with certain teams that could lose out on the big free agent catches (Lebron, D-Wade, Bosh, and Lebron’s elbow).
Another league executive with knowledge of Schwartz’ dealings said the agent is investigating Pierce’s marketability heading into this summer’s free agent megamarket.
The agent reportedly has looked into the interest of teams, including the Knicks and Clippers, franchises with significant cap space that may lose out on the likes of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
Would those teams, to stave off disappointment, bring in Pierce in a max-contract slot, or perhaps even in conjunction with another big name? It’s unlikely such an idea would float for a New York public that has been expecting James for the last two years.
The Celtics also have the option of renouncing Pierce, should he void the last year of his contract. Veteran minimums and the mid-level exception aside, this would leave them with approximately $15 million to spend on another max-level free agent.
But Schwartz, in this brief window, has to at least gauge his possibilities.
Though Pierce has enjoyed a relatively stress-free time as a Celtic, where his contract history is concerned, Schwartz is also known for playing hardball.
And with that anticipated lockout ready to kick in exactly when Pierce’s contract expires, an extension will take at least some of the sting out of whatever emerges as the new NBA economics.
So Pierce has a hardass agent who’s looking at other teams? Fuck. I always thought this was going to be a cut-and-dry case. Pierce, in my mind, was going to stay a Celtic — no questions asked. Now he might become a Knick or Clipper?
I don’t know. I still can’t see Pierce leaving Boston. Why screw up being a lifelong Celtic for an opportunity to play on either the Knicks or Clippers? Just for a few (million) bucks? Pierce knows he isn’t a superstar anymore, right? That any team paying him max money is destined for failure? This move doesn’t make sense unless Pierce wants to play close to home. Then the Clippers thing kind of makes me a little worried.
I don’t know what to think anymore. I always, always, always thought Pierce would be a Celtic forever. Now this agent is giving me second thoughts. All I know is: If I see Paul Pierce in a New York Knicks jersey next season, I’m going to break down in tears, puke all over myself, and then light Madison Square Garden on fire.