Kentucky Wildcats 5 for Monday: "In Cal we trust" for 8 more years?

As Tyler touched on last night, the University of Kentucky should announce a contract for John Calipari tonight.  It is rumored to add an additional two years to his contract, which will make Cal 60 years old when the deal expires or another eight years.  The speculation is that the deal may give Calipari a bit of a raise, but apparently the  main intent will be to squash the NBA rumors.

In my opinion, there is pretty much a zero chance that Cal would leave UK for another college position, so the NBA is the only thing I can think of why this is being done.  I would assume the cntract would have a hefty buyout should Cal depart for the NBA so this should effectively end the yearly rumor mill about Cal to the NBA. 

It should end it, but don’t count on it. 

ESPN’s Andy Katz weighed in on the contract extension last night and he seems to think this means that Cal is set to retire in Lexington due to the financial terms:

This latest contract improvement is another indicator that Calipari will stay with Kentucky instead of going to the NBA as he has been speculated to do so since arriving in Lexington. NBA teams aren’t paying salaries in this range anymore, meaning Calipari has somewhat priced himself out of the NBA market.

When November rolls around, look for Doron Lamb to be more of a playmaker and fill the void left by Brandon Knight.  Yes, Marquis Teague will start at the point, but Twany Beckham is not available until around Christmas so this leaves an opportunity for Lamb to step up and play the point some:

“Right now we have one point guard, and that’s Marquis Teague.  (Lamb) can play that position some. He’s capable of it. Obviously, he’s come a long way, but when we tried that in Hawaii, he wasn’t real good. It wasn’t a good experiment. He has some things he has to get better at, but he’s a terrific talent.”

The beauty of the plan is that Kentucky has a very versatile team.  Darius Miller can move over and play the two guard position when Lamb is at the point, meaning there should be no worry about playing time for Miller and Michael Gilchrist. 

It appears that Salt Lake City is becoming as infatuated with Enes Kanter as the BBN has been over the past year.  Kanter answers five questions wih the SLC Deseret News.  You got to love a player that wears the number “0”. 

Also over the weekend, Josh Harrellson was introduced at the WNBA game in New York and seems to be taking the Big Apple by storm.  Also, Brandon Knight was introduced to the press in Detroit.  Sorry I have to include Kyle Singler in the video but was not able to edit him out:

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