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Calipari Wouldn't Have Left Kentucky Even If He'd Known LeBron's Decision

John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cleveland Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.

"Now, obviously coaching at Kentucky is special," said Calipari. "It is unique and special. But this, for me, becomes about these kids. I have no desire, nor am I out looking for (jobs). I got the job. I got the job. What would move me to stay was these kids need me here. That's what I'm doing. At the end of the day, that was what (kept him at UK). It wasn't money."

Calipari was "not as (close) as everybody thought" to leaving for the NBA.

Calipari says James' decision wouldn't have played a factor.

"No. No. I don't think so. Because he and I have a great relationship, but it's not based on me coaching him," Calipari said. "We've got a relationship. I've known him for years and years. We've always been friends. But it was never based on that. I've said that. I've had a chance to coach Derrick Rose, John Wall and DeMarcus (Cousins), Anthony Davis and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). And I'm leaving names off, but I've coached some of the best players in basketball, and it is a thrill. There's nothing better than that. Especially when those guys are all good guys.

"Well, LeBron is also that kind of player and that kind of person. But again, leaving guys who made decisions based on what's right for their career was something I couldn't have gotten by anyway."

Via Kyle Tucker/Courier-Journal

Calvin Godfrey Transfers To Memphis

Calvin Godfrey has transfered to Memphis as UConn and LSU have passed on the forward.

Godfrey began his career at Iowa State and was dismissed for marijuana possessoin.

Godfrey averaged 13.1 points and 8.8 rebounds last season at Southern before being ruled ineligible due to poor APR scores.

"He is a high-major talent," one coach told ESPN.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Jamal Jones To Sign In D-League After Junior Season At Texas A&M

After leaving Texas A&M’s basketball program as a junior, Jamal Jones will sign in the NBA Development League in hopes of boosting his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source told RealGM.

Jones is fresh off a breakout season for the Aggies, averaging a team-high 13.4 points to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Jones has hired agent Charles Briscoe for represenation.

The 6-foot-8 swingman also had considered transferring to another school before he decided to start his professional career in the D-League.

Jones, 21, transferred to Texas A&M after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Ole Miss (2011-12) and Lee College (2012-13).

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Todd Mayo Leaving Marquette To Pursue Pro Career

Todd Mayo, the brother of O.J. Mayo, plans to leave Marquette University before his upcoming senior season and pursue professional basketball in the NBA Development League or overseas, sources with direct knowledge of his decision told RealGM on Wednesday.

Mayo confirmed his choice to leave Marquette, and he told RealGM that he expects to sign in the D-League and place his name in the 2015 NBA Draft.

“I’m looking forward to the D-League and just learning and getting better,” Mayo said by phone on Wednesday afternoon.

In his junior season, Mayo was Marquette’s third-leading scorer at 11.3 points per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. The 6-foot-3 guard played 30 games a season ago and was expected to emerge as a starter in 2014-15.

Mayo, 23, has received support from his family and the university in deciding to leave school. Marquette officials are expected to make an official announcement within the coming days.

Todd and O.J. Mayo reunited in Milwaukee last season, when O.J. averaged 11.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in his first year with the Bucks.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM
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