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NBA Roundup: Del Negro out as Clippers coach

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The Los Angeles Clippers dismissed coach Vinny Del Negro on Tuesday after the team's first-round exit in the playoffs, according to multiple reports.

Del Negro's deal expires June 30, and he reportedly won't be offered another.

He took over in 2010 after being fired by the Chicago Bulls and guided the Clippers consecutive postseason appearances and the organization's first Pacific Division title.

Despite losing in the first round, the 56-26 regular-season mark was the best in franchise history, including a 16-0 mark in December. But the Clippers were sent home by the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs, losing in six games after going ahead 2-0.

---Bryan Colangelo still works for the Toronto Raptors, but is no longer the team's general manager.

The team announced Tuesday that they are keeping Colangelo as team president, and expect to name a new general manager within 30 days. A Yahoo! Sports report Monday said the Raptors are interested in hiring Denver Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri.

Colangelo has manned the basketball operations for seven years, but the Raptors have only made two playoff appearances during that span. They went 34-48 this season. Ujiri, a former assistant general manager for the Raptors, took over as GM of the Nuggets in 2010.

---Kevin Durant donated $1 million to the Red Cross tornado and disaster relief fund to aid the victims of massive storms that devastated the greater Oklahoma City region Monday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward has made large donations in the aftermath or tragedies and natural disasters in the past. In 2010, he donated $100,000 to the Athlete Relief Fund for Haiti, which paired Durant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and others to offer direct contributions to those directly impacted by earthquakes in Haiti.

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp pledged $1,000 per home run hit between Monday and the Major League Baseball All-Star break in July to the Oklahoma storm victims.
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