Pacific Notes: Del Negro, World Peace, Kings

The latest round of Pacific Division notes features a handful of updates out of California:

  • Vinny Del Negro's contract expires at season's end, but the Clippers coach says he enjoys that pressure. Asked about his future in Los Angeles, Del Negro told reporters, including Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, that he doesn't believe his job depends on how far the Clips advance in the playoffs. "No, my future is great," Del Negro said. "I've got a great future, no matter what. I've been pretty fortunate, so I don't really worry about that stuff so much. Like I said, all those things take care of themselves when we finish."
  • Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni isn't optimistic about Metta World Peace's chances of returning from his torn meniscus before the end of the season, tweets Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. World Peace indicated this week that he hasn't ruled out declining his 2013/14 option in order to sign a longer-term deal with the Lakers — I wouldn't expect this injury to affect that decision at all, but you never know.
  • Speaking of World Peace's player option, agent Marc Cornstein reiterates to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News that "all options are possible" for his client this offseason, and that no decisions have been made yet.
  • As we heard earlier today, Sacramento's City Council voted in favor of moving forward with a proposed arena deal that could help the Kings stay in Sacramento. Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee has a few more details from last night's meeting, including some thoughts from council members on their respective votes.

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