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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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Ford Has Simmons, Labissiere, Brown, Ingram, Pope As 2016 Top-5

May 13, 2015 5:11 PM

Chad Ford was asked during his Wednesday chat to offer his current top-5 for the projected 2016 NBA Draft class.

1. Ben Simmons, F, LSU

2. Skal Labissiere, F/C, Kentucky

3. Jaylen Brown, G/F, Cal

4. Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke

5. Malik Pope, SF, San Diego State

Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: Ben Simmons, Skal Labissiere, Jaylen Brown, Malik Pope, Brandon Ingram, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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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.

Matt Jones/KSR

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

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Florida Hires Mike White As Head Coach

May 7, 2015 8:01 PM

Florida has hired Mike White to replace Billy Donovan as head coach.

"I have an incredible amount of respect for the University of Florida, and I am so excited to be a Gator," White said in a statement. "Not only is Florida home for me, but the tradition and success that the Gators have built make this an incredible opportunity."


White agreed in principle to a six-year deal worth an average of $2 million per year.

White is considered a rising star in the business despite failing to get to the NCAA tournament in his four seasons at Louisiana Tech. He is the son of Duke athletic director Kevin White and took the Bulldogs program to the NIT in each of the past three seasons.


Tags: Florida Gators, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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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 "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."

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

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Fred Hoiberg Believed To Be Bulls' Preferred Replacement For Thibodeau

May 5, 2015 10:08 AM

If the Chicago Bulls and Tom Thibodeau part ways this offseason, as many expect, management's choice as a replacement is believed to be Fred Hoiberg.

Hoiberg is currently head coach at Iowa State and played for the Bulls from 1999 until 2003.

Hoiberg underwent open-heart surgery in April.

The Bulls' front office reportedly can't wait to part ways with Thibodeau.

“Ahhhh, that’s all noise,” Thibodeau said. [...] “I want them to be mentally tough,” Thibodeau said. “In this league, it’s so easy to get sidetracked. There’s so much noise. Trades. Free agency. This. That. Whatever. To me, none of that is important. All that matters is what we think. Are we doing the right things every day? Are we putting the proper work in? Are we playing the right way? Practicing the right way? That’s how you play well in this league. All that other stuff is just noise, it doesn’t mean anything.”

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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

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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.

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Tags: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA

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Jaylen Brown Commits To California

May 1, 2015 10:21 PM

Jaylen Brown has committed to California.

Brown is a consensus top-5 recruit in the incoming class of 2015 and also considered Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Georgia and North Carolina.

If Brown leave Cal after his freshman season, he is expected to be a top-3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Cal also has Ivan Rabb in their freshman class.

Cuonzo Martin took over as head coach of Cal in 2014.

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Tags: Jaylen Brown, California Golden Bears, NCAA

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Many College Coaches Earn More Than NBA Counterparts

May 1, 2015 12:29 PM

Billy Donovan left Florida for the NBA, but college coaches leaving for bigger paydays in the richest professional league in the world is no longer as big of an issue.

Elite college coaches like John Calipari and Mike Kryzyzewski make $6 million to $8 million per season.

There are a host of college coaches several tiers down that make $2 million per season.

Wichita State, a school in the Missouri Valley Conference, recently gave Gregg Marshall a raise to $3.3 million per season.

That's more than what the current head coaches of playoffs teams such as the Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors earn per season.

When Donovan was going to leave Florida for the Orlando Magic in 2007, it was for a $5 million per season salary, which was a rarefied strata at the time.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports


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Kevin Ollie's $5M UConn Buyout Was Non-Starter For Thunder

May 1, 2015 11:02 AM

Kevin Ollie was a candidate for the Oklahoma City Thunder head coaching job, but his buyout was a non-starter for the franchise.

Ollie had negotiated a $5 million buyout from UConn in his contract.

Ollie was considered a strong candidate for the job with his success as a coach at Connecticut and his connection as a former teammate to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder instead hired Billy Donovan.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Connecticut Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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