Dunleavy returning to Clippers bench next season

Updated: May 8, 2006, 2:23 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Mike Dunleavy will return to coach the Los Angeles Clippers next season, ESPN's Jim Gray reported on Saturday.

The final year of Dunleavy's four-year contract is an option year, and Dunlaevy told Gray that the Clippers want him back.

Under Dunleavy, the Clippers have had their best season since the franchise left Buffalo for California, finishing fifth in the Western Conference.

The Clippers are up 3-1 in their first-round series with the Denver Nuggets and can clinch their first playoff series win in 30 years with a win on Monday.