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May 27, 2015 Updates

It has been three weeks since the New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Monty Williams and there has only been one acknowledged interview, of Golden State Warriors' assistant Alvin Gentry. Meanwhile, two candidates, former Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy and Kentucky coach John Calipari have contacted the Pelicans to relate their interest in the positions. But no hire seems imminent at this point. New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 19, 2015 Updates

Given the opportunity to reunite with star forward Anthony Davis, Kentucky coach John Calipari has made it known to New Orleans Pelicans officials that he's interested in the team's vacant head-coaching job, a source close to Calipari said Tuesday. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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 $3 million gap in annual compensation is a major sticking point for Calipari, who would also want input on the Pelicans' roster, according to the source. New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 14, 2015 Updates

Although sources have not confirmed, potential candidates for the Pelicans' vacancy could include former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, Warriors current lead assistant Alvin Gentry, Pacers assistant and former Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, former Sacramento Kings and Pelicans assistant Mike Malone, Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin,University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets Jeff Van Gundy. New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 13, 2015 Updates

Fresh off a 38-1 season and a fourth Final Four in the past five seasons, Kentucky coach John Calipari is on the verge of receiving a contract extension that will pay him $8 million for the 2021-22 season, a source close to the program told Sporting News. Sporting News

April 9, 2015 Updates
April 7, 2015 Updates

Kentucky coach John Calipari knows it's only a matter of time before his players seek success at the next level, and he expects five to seven players to make the jump to the NBA this offseason. "There's not going to be any brainwashing, forcing, pushing either in or out," Calipari told reporters in Indianapolis on Monday after his election to the Basketball Hall of Fame. "I want each kid to make a decision for themselves. ESPN.com

Calipari projects that Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles will declare for the NBA draft. He's not so sure about Dakari Johnson and Devin Booker. "It's time to take another step," Cauley-Stein told reporters after the Wildcats' loss to Wisconsin. "I mean, obviously, I'm not 100 percent on it, but I'm pretty sure I know what I want to do. Gotta talk to a couple more people, but probably was my last game here. "... You know, we'll never be on the same team like this again. That's going to set in. We got a month of school left with each other, and that's it. I mean, that's what you'll remember." ESPN.com

April 6, 2015 Updates

In addition to wondering about whether several of Kentucky’s star players will leave school early to put their name in the NBA Draft, many members of the Big Blue Nation have also worried about whether Coach Cal, himself, would explore the NBA waters. The big question in regards to that is how much of a desire he has to prove himself in the NBA. “I don’t,” Calipari said. “I have one question, so you understand, and I went through some things last year, and I had a simple question for an owner: The impact I have on these young people, the impact to help change their families lives, the impact I have in the seat I’m in at Kentucky to move people in a positive way, can I have that in the NBA? Where do I get the satisfaction from? What do we do that has an impact on the community, has an impact on people, or am I just coaching to try to help you make more money and win a championship? Tell me how, because I’m at a stage in my life, that’s not what moves me.” Official Site of John Calipari

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The one name that could return the Nets to all of those things they thought they could be, that they seemed primed to be, is currently guiding the best college basketball team in the nation, a coach who crashed and burned with the Nets once already. The Nets can be saved by John Calipari. "He desperately wants it," the front office official said. "He won’t say it out loud. The NBA is the only place he’s ever failed and it drives him nuts. He’s not the same guy he was then. He came to the NBA and he wasn’t ready. He’s ready now." Bergen Record

So consider this scenario — the Nets figure to have about $60 million in cap space in the summer of 2016, coinciding with a free agent market loaded with talent. "All these kids, if you look at a free agent list and check off the ones who he’s got a relationship with you could build an All-Star team," a person close to Calipari said. "Start with LeBron James." Bergen Record

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