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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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Bo Ryan To Retire As Wisconsin Head Coach After 15-16 Season

Jun 29, 2015 2:02 PM

Bo Ryan will retire after next season as head coach of Wisconsin.

Ryan's hope is that longtime assistant Greg Gard succeeds him in Madison.

"Back in the spring, in the days after the national championship game, (athletic director) Barry Alvarez and I discussed the possibility of me retiring," Ryan said in the statement. "I've always been told that is not a decision to make right after a season is completed. Barry thankfully encouraged me to take some time to think about it and I have done that. I considered retiring this summer or coaching one more season.

"I've decided to coach one more season with the hope that my longtime assistant Greg Gard eventually becomes the head coach at Wisconsin. I am looking forward to another year with our program, including our players, my terrific assistant coaches, our office staff and everyone who supports Wisconsin basketball here in Madison, around the state and across the country."

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Wisconsin Badgers, NCAA

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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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Tags: Jamal Murray, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA

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Roy Williams Signs Extension With North Carolina Through 2020

Jun 19, 2015 12:45 PM

Roy Williams and North Carolina have agreed upon a two-year extension on his existing deal to run through 2020.

The deal will pay Williams a base salary of between $408,169 this fall and $595,409 in 2019-20, and supplemental compensation ranging from $1.55 million this fall and $1.75 million in the final year. There's also a $40,000 annual expense account, along with outside contracts with Nike and for multimedia obligations.

 

"I've said I want to coach another six to 10 years, so this contract takes me right to the edge of that, which is good," Williams said in a statement released by the university. "I appreciate the confidence Chancellor Folt and Bubba Cunningham have in my leadership of the basketball program. They've demonstrated that with this contract extension, and with their support over the past several years, which have been a challenge for all who love Carolina as I do. I thank them on behalf of our basketball program and me personally."

 

Williams has a 332-101 record in his 12 seasons with the Tar Heels.

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Tags: North Carolina Tar Heels, NCAA

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Thon Maker Won't Enter College Mid-Season

Jun 18, 2015 9:38 PM

Thon Maker will play his entire upcoming high school year and graduate with the class of 2016.

Maker had been considering a mid-season enrollment.

Indiana and Arizona State are the two schools in most consistent contact with Maker.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Thon Maker, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Iowa State Hires Steve Prohm As Head Coach

Jun 8, 2015 12:20 PM

The Iowa State Cyclones have hired Murray State coach Steve Prohm to replace Fred Hoiberg.

Prohm, 40, was 104-29 in four seasons since taking over at Murray State. He led the Racers to the NCAA tournament in his first season and was undefeated in Ohio Valley Conference play this past season before losing in the conference tournament.

 

The other coaches who interviewed in Atlanta this past weekend were Stephen F. Austin's Brad Underwood, Valparaiso's Bryce Drew, N.C. Central's LeVelle Moton and Iowa State assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger.

 

Jeff Hornacek of the Phoenix Suns was also linked to the job.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Iowa State Cyclones, NCAA

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Jeff Hornacek Rejects Opportunity To Interview With Iowa State

Jun 3, 2015 7:46 PM

Jeff Hornacek reportedly rejected an opportunity to meet with officials from Iowa State about their head coaching vacancy.

Hornacek, like Fred Hoiberg, played collegiately for Iowa State.

Hornacek discussed the Iowa State rumors with the media on Tuesday and reaffirmed his commitment to the Phoenix Suns.

He said via Paul Coro:

"Ryan (McDonough) and I came here for a purpose. We think we've got a good young crew that we can build with. We'll work on getting some more veteran guys to help them but we've got a job to do here and that's our plan."

Andrew Joseph/Arizona Republic

Tags: Phoenix Suns, Iowa State Cyclones, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thabo Sefolosha: Police Injured Me, Damaged My Reputation

May 31, 2015 12:16 PM

Thabo Sefolosha discussed the physical and mental toll that his leg fracture had, stemming from the incident with the NYPD.

"I was injured in the hands of the police, and it took away a lot from my everyday life," Sefolosha said. "From being able to help put the kids in bed, going up and down the stairs.

"We are talking about the stress that it has brought to the entire family, you know, my mom and dad in Switzerland, my brothers and sisters, my wife. Also, the damage to my reputation. I've had people texting me about what they saw in the newspaper and things like this. Every aspect of my life was affected by something like this, and I think putting light on the aftermath of something like this, I think that's also something that's important."

Sefolosha had gone out in New York to celebrate a 60-win season with a teammate.

"That night we had quite a bit to celebrate," he said. "We had secured the first spot in the Eastern Conference. And I like New York. It's a city I enjoy. I have friends there. So me and one of my teammates decided to go out and have a good time in the city.

"I'm looking forward for the truth to come out and for me being able to speak on it, but right now I think it's not the right time to do it."

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN.com

Tags: Thabo Sefolosha, Atlanta Hawks, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Confident Fred Hoiberg Will Become Next Head Coach

May 30, 2015 12:43 PM

The Chicago Bulls are confident Fred Hoiberg will accept their offer to become the next head coach of the franchise.

Hoiberg played for the Bulls for four of his 10 NBA seasons and is a close friend of Gar Forman.

The Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau on Thursday after five years as their coach. Thibodeau had two years and almost $9 million left on his contract.

Earlier this week, the Ames Tribune, citing sources with knowledge of the situation, reported that Hoiberg has told at least one recruit that his future at Iowa State is uncertain.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Iowa State Cyclones, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Have Understanding Fred Hoiberg Will Accept Job

May 29, 2015 11:39 AM

The Chicago Bulls moved forward with firing Tom Thibodeau this week as it became clear that the front office had an understanding with Fred Hoiberg that he would accept the job.

Hoiberg played for the Bulls during his playing career and has prior front office experience with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hoiberg has had a successful run as head coach of Iowa State.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Iowa State Cyclones, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jeff Hornacek On Iowa State: I'm Coach Of The Suns As Far As I Know
There have been reports that Jeff Hornacek could be a candidate for the Iowa State job should Fred Hoiberg leave.

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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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Ford Has Simmons, Labissiere, Brown, Ingram, Pope As 2016 Top-5
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John Calipari Close To Extension With Kentucky Through 2022
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John Calipari Won't Use Platoon System Again
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Thunder Hired Two Former Donovan Staffers Within Past 12 Months
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Billy Donovan Hired By Thunder As Head Coach
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Billy Donovan, Thunder Close To Agreement
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Ford: Henry Ellenson Is Closest Prospect To Kevin Love Since 2008
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Billy Donovan Interested In Meeting With Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka Before Accepting Job
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Cheick Diallo Commits To Kansas
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Brandon Ingram Commits To Duke
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