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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.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

ESPN

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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