It’s another offseason in college basketball, which means trumping up the Jon Calipari to-the-NBA rumors. This time Calipari’s name has been tied to the open New Orleans Pelicans job (after the club fired Monty Williams), and once again Calipari is shooting down the those rumors.
With two of his former players (Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans) on an emerging New Orleans team that just made it to the NBA playoffs this season, the job has appeal but Calipari is essentially saying thanks, but no thanks.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune had sources indicate that Calipari was interested, though.
From John Reid at NOLA.com:
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.
There have been exploratory conversations between Calipari and the Pelicans, the source said, but it doesn’t appear the team would be willing to meet his financial demands to leave Kentucky.
Calipari responded with this Tweet:
Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I'm happy at UK.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 19, 2015
So as you you can see, Calipari to New Orleans looks more like hearsay and conjecture than anything at this moment. Plus, Calipari just re-upped his contract an additional year just last week.