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John Calipari Seeks 10-Year, $120M Contract For NBA Return

Jan 11, 2016 11:11 AM

For NBA teams interested in hiring John Calipari, they have been told his asking price is 10 years and $120 million.

Calipari currently earns $8 million to $9 million per season at Kentucky and wouldn't leave that job for just an incremental raise.

Calipari turned down a 10-year, $80 million-plus offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 and he told the Sacramento Kings last spring it would take an offer with an annual average of more than $11 million.

The offer from the Cavaliers serves as a baseline and he seeks the $12 million per season Phil Jackson makes from the New York Knicks.

Calipari has also been linked to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets hired Calipari in the 1990s with a five-year, $15 million contract when he came from UMass.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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

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Nets' Brett Yormark Remains Proponent Of John Calipari

Jan 10, 2016 6:51 PM

Brett Yormark is expected to have influence in the Brooklyn Nets' general manager search.

Yormark remains an ally of John Calipari since his late 1990s tenure as president and head coach.

Yormark has remained a proponent of making a large offer to bring Calipari back to the Nets in a dual role as president and head coach.

Since his difficult tenure with the Nets, Calipari has had great success back in college at Memphis and Kentucky.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Draft Express Moves Ben Simmons To No. 1, Brandon Ingram To No. 2

Dec 4, 2015 12:09 PM

Draft Express has moved Ben Simmons to the top position in their mock draft for 2016 while Brandon Ingram moved up to second and Skal Labissiere dropped to third.

Labissiere had been in the first slot in the Draft Express mock draft since April.

Dragan Bender is currently No. 4 with Jaylen Brown rounding out the top-5.

Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray, Henry Ellenson, Jakob Poeltl and Cheick Diallo rank 6th through 10th.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tags: Skal Labissiere, Brandon Ingram, Ben Simmons, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Mock Drafts

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Kings Could Make Another Run At John Calipari

Nov 20, 2015 1:44 PM

Vivek Ranadive remains interested in hiring John Calipari as head coach for the Sacramento Kings.

Without a dramatic turnaround in on-floor results and locker room chemistry, George Karl is unlikely to remain head coach beyond current season.

"Ranadivé’s biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.

"The belief is that Ranadive will take another run after Calipari plans to make an offer that Calipari simply cannot refuse."

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

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

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Report: Ranadive Has Interest In Nancy Lieberman As Interim If George Karl Fired

Nov 20, 2015 1:08 PM

The Sacramento Kings continue to have a situation of turmoil and instability with George Karl battling DeMarcus Cousins.

"The belief still is it’s a matter of when, not if, Karl will be removed as the head coach.

"If that should happen during this season, the short-term answers are, according to owner Vivek Ranadivé – or sources say – he would like to move Nancy Lieberman into the head-coaching position, making a big splash by having the first female head coach in NBA history. Vlade Divac, the GM is more inclined to fill with Corliss Williamson for the remainder of the season.

"But Ranadivé’s biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.

"The belief is that Ranadive will take another run after Calipari plans to make an offer that Calipari simply cannot refuse.

Ric Bucher/Bleacher Report (via ProBasketballTalk)

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

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No. 5 Recruit Malik Monk Commits To Kentucky

Nov 18, 2015 6:58 PM

Kentucky has received a commitment from Malik Monk, who was ranked No. 5 by ESPN.

Monk, a native of Bentonville, Arkansas, had been the focus of a long recruiting battle between Kentucky and the in-state Razorbacks.

"This has been the toughest decision I have made in my life," Monk said in the statement. "With so many great coaches and historical programs recruiting me, it has really been a tough but fun process."

Monk is a 6'3 shooting guard and an electrifying athlete.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Malik Monk, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

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Edrice "Bam" Adebayo Commits To Kentucky

Nov 17, 2015 11:28 AM

Edrice "Bam" Adebayo, ranked No. 6 in the ESPN 100, will attend Kentucky.

"They're a winning program with a great all-around environment," Adebayo said. "I just like the staff, and I like Coach Cal [John Calipari]."

Adebayo also strongly considered NC State and Auburn.

Adebayo joins a Kentucky class that has now vaulted past Michigan State to become No. 2 in the country, behind only Duke. In addition to point guard De'Aaron Fox (No. 7 in the ESPN 100), Adebayo joins front-line pieces Wenyen Gabriel (No. 23) and Sacha Killeya-Jones (No. 31) in what projects to be a loaded young frontcourt.

Paul Biancardi/ESPN

Tags: Edrice Adebayo, Kentucky Wildcats, High School, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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Skal Labissiere Cleared By NCAA To Play For Kentucky

Oct 23, 2015 8:07 PM

Skal Labissiere has been deemed eligible by the NCAA to play in the upcoming 2015-16 season for Kentucky.

Labissiere received paperwork clearance on Friday after the NCAA had investigated him for his relationship with his Memphis-based guardian Gerald Hamilton.

Labissiere is projected as a top-3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

John Calipari has said he was unworried about Labissiere's eligibility ruling and expected him to play once the Wildcats started the season on Nov. 13.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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John Calipari Seeking USA Basketball Head Coach Job

Oct 20, 2015 7:28 PM

John Calipari has interest in replacing Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of USA Basketball.

One person familiar with Calipari's motives said he views the opportunity as "the recruiting tool of all recruiting tools." Another source, who is plugged into the USA Basketball program, said "Calipari wants it bad." 

Gregg Popovich is currently considered the favorite for the job.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, National

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Skal Labissiere Hasn't Been Cleared To Play For Kentucky

Oct 7, 2015 12:04 PM

Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA to play for Kentucky, his guardian said on Wednesday.

Labissiere is expected to be one of the first three picks of the 2016 NBA Draft. 

"Not yet," Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. "We're just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.

"They haven't cleared him, but we're sticking with our faith," he added. "There's no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people."

When asked about the specific reason Labissiere has yet to be cleared, Hamilton told ESPN he did not wish to comment.

Multiple sources told ESPN that the NCAA was looking into Hamilton and his relationship with Labissiere, but Hamilton declined to comment on whether that was the holdup.

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Wenyen Gabriel Commits To Kentucky
Wenyen Gabriel is more of a prototypical stretch-4 but even could see time at small forward at Kentucky.

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Sacha Killeya-Jones Commits To Kentucky
Sacha Killeya-Jones is a 6-foot-11 recruit who decommitted from Virginia on June 2 and is ranked No. 56 by ESPN.

Karl-Anthony Towns Had 4.0 GPA At Kentucky
Karl-Anthony Towns graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen with a 3.96 GPA.

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Harry Giles Narrows List To UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Wake Forest
Harry Giles is the number one recruit in the class of 2016.

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

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Jamal Murray Commits To Kentucky
Jamal Murray also strongly considered Oregon.

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John Calipari Interested In Pelicans' Job
John Calipari has denied having interest in leaving Kentucky for the Pelicans.

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John Calipari Close To Extension With Kentucky Through 2022
John Calipari will also earn a $1.6 million longevity bonus on July 1.

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John Calipari Won't Use Platoon System Again
When Alex Poythress tore his ACL in December, all 10 Kentucky rotation players were averaging between 15 and 25 minutes per game.

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Willie Cauley-Stein Officially Changes Middle Name To 'Trill'
Willie Cauley-Stein officially added the hyphen in his last name and changed his middle name to Trill.

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Ford: NBA Teams Sometimes Scared Off By Highly Intelligent Players
Willie Cauley-Stein is judged largely by his intangibles on defense.

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Seven Kentucky Underclassmen Declare For NBA Draft
Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison have declared for the draft.

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Harrison Twins Leaving Kentucky For NBA Draft
Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison have decided to enter the NBA Draft and have chosen representation, sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Kentucky Expected To Hold Thursday Press Conference For NBA Declarations
Kentucky is expected to lose five to seven underclassmen to the NBA.

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Kentucky Expected To Have 5-7 Players Declare For NBA Draft
Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Trey Lyles are expected to declare by John Calipari

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Karl-Anthony Towns Hasn't Decided On NBA Draft
Karl-Anthony Towns also mentioned prep for "my sophomore year."

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Kaminsky, Okafor, Grant, Cauley-Stein, Russell Named To AP All-American Team
Frank Kaminsky headlines the 2014-15 AP All-American Team as a unanimous selection.

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Kentucky, Duke 5-Point Favorites In Final Four
Kentucky versus Duke is the probable matchup in the National Championship Game.

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Current NBA, International Alumni From Sweet 16 Schools
Kentucky and Duke have 18 former players in the NBA apiece, while UCLA has the most total professionals with 34.

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LeBron: I Admire How Calipari Takes High Egos, Turns Them Into Team
LeBron James and John Calipari have grown increasingly close over the years after they were introduced by a "family friend" believed to be William Wesley.

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