Gary Sacks, the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations, wanted to put an end to speculation about Coach Vinny Del Negro's future.

Sacks said that the organization supports Del Negro and that officials are happy with how the team has played.

"Our head coach and his staff have done a terrific job here," Sacks told The Times on Monday night. "They deserve a huge amount of credit for the way the team has played and the way our roster has developed."

Del Negro is in the final year of his contract, leading to speculation that his future with the Clippers is uncertain.

Sacks said talk should be about the Clippers playing the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

"I just think that this is the time to focus on the playoffs," Sacks said. "That this is a distraction bothers me. It keeps coming up. All we're trying to do is win. We're trying to put ourselves in position to win. I don't see any negativity in this organization now. It's all positive."

Sacks said anyone who believes that the front office and Del Negro are at odds is incorrect.

Much of that stems from talk that the Clippers had interest in acquiring Boston's Kevin Garnett for center DeAndre Jordan and guard Eric Bledsoe.

Sacks told The Times around the trade deadline in February that the organization had not called anyone about Jordan or Bledsoe.