BREAKING: Calipari adamantly denies Sacramento Kings rumors
06/30/2015 11:40 AM
SACRAMENTO, CA — After the Sacramento Kings drafted Willie Cauley-Stein with the No. 6 overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday night, it seemed like it would only be a matter of time.
Less than a week later, the John-Calipari-to-NBA rumors have resurfaced — again.
According to a Tuesday report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Sacramento Kings ownership is probing the Kentucky basketball coach’s interest in taking over the franchise’s front-office and head coaching jobs.
Yahoo Sources: Sacramento probing Kentucky's John Calipari about interest in running front office and coaching. http://t.co/UoWHC3NpEV— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2015
Wojnarowski writes that owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the Kings’ ownership group have been communicating with Calipari in recent weeks, proposing multiple scenarios that would give him control of Sacramento’s struggling basketball operations along with its head coaching position.
No formal offer has been made to Calipari, and Yahoo’s sources say Kings ownership understands it will need to offer upwards of $10 million annually to get the Naismith Hall of Famer to seriously consider leaving his Lexington home.
The report created immediate buzz online, especially when considering the Kings are already at odds with current head coach George Karl after his relentless attempts to try and trade its mercurial franchise player — and former Calipari pupil at Kentucky — DeMarcus Cousins before last Thursday’s NBA Draft.
But Calipari wasted no time in personally responding to the rumors mere minutes after they broke, once again claiming his complete dedication to the University of Kentucky.
For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world. I am not looking for any other coaching position.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2015
Since he bought the team,— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2015
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The UK Athletics department released a similar statement from Calipari on Tuesday morning as well.
Stay tuned to KSTV and mycn2.com as we continue to follow the rumors as they develop.