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Knicks not interested in John Calipari at moment, sources say

Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari has reached out to the New York Knicks through intermediaries to express interest in the team's vacant president of operations role, sources said Thursday.

The Knicks, who parted ways with Phil Jackson on Wednesday, do not have interest in Calipari at the moment, sources said.

Rumors swirl once again that John Calipari might look to leap back into the NBA, but the uncertainty and denials are nothing new.
Calipari, currently in Egypt coaching the U.S. team at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup, denied there were any talks, saying on Twitter:

Kentucky said in March it had extended Calipari's deal by two years, through March 2024. He is set to make $7.75 million next season and $8 million per season thereafter. Calipari's deal also stipulates he would be paid $5 million for each year if Kentucky were to terminate the contract.

Last fall, Calipari told ESPN's Myron Medcalf that he wouldn't leave Kentucky before his son, walk-on Brad Calipari, concluded his career there. Brad will be a sophomore this season.

One of the most accomplished basketball coaches in NCAA history, Calipari coached the then-New Jersey Nets for parts of three seasons and has been linked to several NBA openings in the past.

ESPN reported in 2014 that the Cleveland Cavaliers offered Calipari a 10-year contract worth nearly $80 million to be coach and team president. Shortly afterward, Kentucky signed Calipari to a new seven-year deal worth $52.5 million. The Cavs ended up hiring David Blatt as coach.

Source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19770044/john-calipari-kentucky-wildcats-makes-inquiry-new-york-knicks-sources-say

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