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Kings Interested In Hiring John Calipari

Jun 30, 2015 11:25 AM

The Sacramento Kings are gauging the potential interest of John Calipari in taking over their head coach and front office jobs.

Calipari has been communicating with owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the Kings' ownership group in recent weeks.

Kings' ownership understands that it will take a multiyear financial package of $10 million-plus annually to get Calipari to seriously consider leaving Kentucky, sources said.

The Kings' ownership has increased their interest in Calipari as the relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl has deteriorated. 

Calipari coached Cousins at Kentucky for a season in 2009-10.

Calipari has also been linked in the past year to the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans.

Officials around the NBA have pleaded with Ranadive to stop these sharp changes in direction.

As one league official familiar with Ranadive's mindset told Yahoo Sports, "He's trying to find a magic button to push that'll fix everything."

Vlade Divac was hired just a few months ago in what was initially believed to be a ceremonial position.

"For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world," said Calipari on Twitter. "I am not looking for any other coaching position." 

Calipari also explained that he's been in touch with the Ranadive in general about Cousins over the years and about the team's interest in Willie Cauley-Stein.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Sacramento Kings, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jamal Murray Commits To Kentucky

Jun 24, 2015 6:25 PM

Jamal Murray has committed to Kentucky for the 15-16 season.

Murray also strongly considered Oregon.

Murray, a 6'5 combo guard from Ontario, Canada, reclassified late in the process. Murray had an especially strong showing in April's Nike Hoop Summit.

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John Calipari Interested In Pelicans' Job

May 19, 2015 1:11 PM

John Calipari has interest in becoming head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a source close to the coach.

Calipari recently signed an extension with Kentucky.

Calipari would have the chance to reunite with Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans if he returned to the NBA with the Pelicans.

there have been exploratory conversations between Calipari and the Pelicans, but it doesn't appear as though the franchise could meet his financial demands.

League sources said the Pelicans are willing to pay around $4 million to $5 million per season for Monty Williams' successor. Williams was fired last week after five seasons at the helm.

But Calipari makes about $8 million annually and recently agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2022, which he hasn't yet signed. 

The financial aspects are a major issue for Calipari, while he also would seek input on the Pelicans' roster.

Calipari released the following statement via Twitter:

"Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I'm happy at UK."

John Reid/Times Picayune

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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John Calipari Close To Extension With Kentucky Through 2022

May 12, 2015 8:25 PM

John Calipari and Kentucky are close to an extension at $8 million through 2022.

Calipari will also earn a $1.6 million longevity bonus on July 1.

Calipari's new contract is a seven-year, $54 million deal.

Calipari continues to be connected to NBA jobs, but he appears likely to remain at Kentucky at least through the 15-16 season.

Kentucky gave Calipari an extension and raise after the 2012 title to $5.2 million annually and then $7.5 million last June before the new $8 million deal.

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John Calipari Won't Use Platoon System Again

May 5, 2015 3:51 PM

John Calipari said he won't use a platoon system again in the future.

When Alex Poythress tore his ACL in December, all 10 Kentucky rotation players were averaging between 15 and 25 minutes per game.

Calipari eventually used an eight-man rotation as the season progressed.

"If you ask me if I'm ever going to platoon again, my answer is NO," Calipari wrote on CoachCal.com. "Last season was an absolute outlier. It's just not the way I like to coach. I would rather play seven or eight guys because I believe that gives us the best chance to win. I think we wrote the book on platooning this year, but I hope we stick it on the shelf and never have to use it again."

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Willie Cauley-Stein Officially Changes Middle Name To 'Trill'

May 4, 2015 11:49 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein officially added the hyphen in his last name and changed his middle name to Trill.

"I want to include my mother's last name," was Cauley-Stein's reason for the change, according to the court document.

Cauley-Stein declared for the 2015 NBA Draft after his junior season at Kentucky.


Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2015/05/04/3835197_willie-cauley-steins-name-change.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

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Ford: NBA Teams Sometimes Scared Off By Highly Intelligent Players

Apr 29, 2015 2:08 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein posted similar numbers in his junior season as he did as a sophomore, but he significantly increased his draft stock.

Cauley-Stein is judged largely by his intangibles on defense.

"He got better," writes Chad Ford. "Not everything WCS does shows up on a stat sheet. But the big thing for him will be interviews. Lots of questions among NBA GMs on how dedicated he is to the game and personality stuff. He's a highly intelligent person and sometimes that scares NBA teams. They want guys who are focused on basketball 24/7. That's all they eat, drink or sleep. When guys have interests outside of basketball, and I think WCS does, they worry."

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Tags: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Seven Kentucky Underclassmen Declare For NBA Draft

Apr 9, 2015 2:45 PM

Seven underclassmen have left Kentucky for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison have declared.

Kentucky had an undefeated season until losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four.

Towns is expected to be the first or second player chosen in the draft, while Cauley-Stein is a probable high lottery pick.

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Harrison Twins Leaving Kentucky For NBA Draft

Apr 8, 2015 2:02 PM

Kentucky sophomore guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison will enter the 2015 NBA draft and have settled upon representation, sources told RealGM.

Since the loss in the Final Four to Wisconsin, the Harrison twins decided upon declaring for the draft and worked to finalize an agency.

Aaron Harrison led Kentucky in points per game with 11.0, while Andrew Harrison averaged 9.3. Andrew Harrison averaged 3.6 assists.

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Kentucky Expected To Hold Thursday Press Conference For NBA Declarations

Apr 8, 2015 11:14 AM

Kentucky is expected to hold a press conference on Thursday for its players who will declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, sources told RealGM.

Kentucky is expected to lose five to seven underclassmen to the NBA.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Trey Lyles are expected to declare by John Calipari.

Devin Booker and Dakari Johnson are the other two players potentially leaving Kentucky.

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Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Trey Lyles are expected to declare by John Calipari

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Kaminsky, Okafor, Grant, Cauley-Stein, Russell Named To AP All-American Team
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LeBron: I Admire How Calipari Takes High Egos, Turns Them Into Team
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John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins believe their Kentucky team in 09-10 was better than their current side even though they were upset by West Virginia in the regional final.

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Kentucky Leads NCAA In Efficiency Differential At +32.6
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Karl-Anthony Towns had the best PER of any of the likely top prospects of the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Kentucky remains undefeated at 24-0 and are beating the NBA in television ratings.

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ACC, Pac-12, SEC Have Most Players Currently In NBA
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Alex Poythress Out For Season With Torn ACL
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