Coaching Rumors

Martin said he is interested in coaching on the college or NBA level. He also plans to help his 14-year-old son, Kenyon Jr., who is already 6-foot-3½ entering his freshman year at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, Calif., develop into a basketball star. “I have family time and business ahead,” Martin said. “And if something coaching comes up [basketball-wise], I will consider it. I’m also getting Kenyon, Jr., ready to be the No. 1 pick in a couple of years.”
Butler shared his impressions of new coach Fred Hoiberg with Rolling Stone. “He’s a really good coach. He knows what he’s doing,” Butler told the magazine. “He has some great offensive schemes and a great coaching staff. I think he’s gonna be good for the Bulls. I think Chicago will like him. He’s a very likeable guy, very successful at the college level and hopefully he can bring it to the Bulls.”
The Yahoo story, of course, made it clear that Calipari hadn’t been offered a job, so it was an easy thing for him to deny. By saying for the umpteenth time that he will be staying in Lexington, Calipari successfully squelched his latest NBA flirtation — but did nothing for the dumpster fire that is the Kings. While Ranadive, the owner, has dispatched lawyers to peruse coach George Karl’s coaching contract for ways to fire him for cause, league sources told, it’s viewed in the coaching industry as a long shot at best.
Meanwhile, Vlade Divac, the Kings’ vice president of basketball and franchise operations, told ESPN’s Marc Stein on Tuesday that a Yahoo! Sports report about Calipari’s interest in coaching and running the Kings’ front office is “absolutely not true.” Said Divac: “The only person in our organization who [handles] something like this is me, and I’ve had zero conversations with John Calipari. We have a coach here.”
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An NBA source has confirmed to Cowbell Kingdom that Ranadivé and Calipari are friends and may have had off-the-cuff conversations about the coach coming to Sacramento, but nothing substantive and certainly nothing imminent. Their conversations over the last few weeks revolved around repairing the team’s relationship with Cousins and the drafting of Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein.
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John Calipari: For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world. I am not looking for any other coaching position. Since he bought the team, @Vivek and I have talked on and off about @boogiecousins. .@Vivek has asked me what I thought about @boogiecousins and I told him he would be an all-star, and I was right. In the last two weeks, we’ve also talked a bunch about the draft and on draft day, obviously because of @ThewillieCS15.
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John Calipari to Sacramento?

The Sacramento Kings are probing University of Kentucky coach John Calipari about his interest in taking over the franchise’s front-office and coaching jobs, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Calipari has been communicating with owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the Kings’ ownership group in recent weeks, league sources said. Calipari has listened to scenarios with which the Kings could offer him complete control of the franchise’s fledgling basketball operations to go along with coaching, league sources said.
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In recent weeks, Sacramento ownership’s intrigue with Calipari has only grown with the dissolution of the relationship between All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins and coach George Karl, sources said. Calipari coached Cousins at Kentucky for a season in 2009-10, and Ranadive believes Calipari could help serve as a mechanism to convince Cousins to back away from his desire to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, sources said. As much as anything, Calipari represents one more potential change of direction, as well as a public-relations splash for Ranadive.
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Sacramento ownership, dismayed over Karl’s fractured relationship with Cousins, has had lawyers studying Karl’s contract, trying to determine if there’s a way to terminate him for “cause,” and free themselves of the three years and nearly $10 million left guaranteed on his deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports. If the Kings cannot convince Calipari to come to Sacramento – or never make a formal offer – Karl could simply remain as coach. Sacramento’s case on trying to get out of paying Karl his contract would be based in part on his involvement in mounting a campaign to get Cousins traded, sources said. The possibility of getting Karl ousted without pay is remote.
Remember yesterday when I said they should try to be leaders and find a qualified woman to add to the D-League staff and that they’ve shown a willingness to do that by having Lindsey Harding in training camp to observe last fall? Well, I’m told they’re going to take that a step further this year and she’ll be an assistant coach on the Summer League team in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks.