John Calipari could be getting call from New York Knicks

Nov 19, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari during the game against the Texas-Arlington Mavericks in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Texas-Arlington 105-76. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

 

According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the New York Knicks could be looking for a new head coach after their disastrous 3-8 start to the season, and Kentucky Wildcats Head Coach John Calipari could be getting a call from them:

If they don’t, anyone can see what’s coming: Mike Woodson gets fired, company man Herb Williams becomes the interim coach and the drumbeat begins in the background for John Calipari to make his long-awaited return to the NBA.

You don’t have to be an NBA executive to see that coming, but I asked some, and they see it, too. The payroll is maxed out through next season, the tools for tax teams to acquire players in sign-and-trades next summer are gone and it’s not like the Knicks can sell anyone on a fallback plan of reloading with a lottery pick in the coveted 2014 draft.

The relationship between Cal and¬†William “World Wide Wes” Wesley and Creative Artists Agency is also a reason why they believe the Knicks will pursue him:

CAA, via Wesley, also represents a certain decorated college coach in Lexington, Ky. Given the path they’ve chosen, the Knicks can’t get any of the NBA-ready players on Kentucky’s roster, but they can get the coach — and are perhaps the only team positioned to pay Calipari what it would take. One league executive surmised that the bidding would start at $8 million a year.

“That’s what Wes will be pushing,” one of the executives said. “That’s what CAA will be pushing.”

 

 

Topics: Basketball Articles, John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats, NBA, New York Knicks

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