The Clippers have informed Vinny Del Negro that they will pick up his contract option for the 2012/13 season, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. The Clippers confirmed the decision today in a press release.
In his second season with the team, Del Negro led the Clippers to a 40-26 record, the best winning percentage in franchise history. The Clips topped Memphis in the first round of the playoffs before being swept by San Antonio in round two.
Despite Del Negro's success, reports earlier in the year indicated that his job could be in jeopardy. As recently as this week, Del Negro's future was unknown, with ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne suggesting potential alternatives for the Clippers' position. While a number of notable free agent coaches are available, Del Negro's positive relationship with owner Donald Sterling may have played a significant part in the Clippers' decision, as the ESPN scribes noted.