It's probably no coincidence that word of John Calipari's imminent contract extension at Kentucky leaked out Tuesday evening hours after a potentially attractive NBA gig opened up.
This was likely a strategic move from the Wildcats aimed at quashing the Calipari-to-the-NBA speculation that pops up every spring.
Many of the beat writers covering Kentucky reported within minutes of one another Tuesday that school officials were close to finalizing a one-year, $8 million contract extension with Calipari that would run his deal through 2022. Like previous contracts, this one also includes a $1.6 million bonus if Calipari is still the coach of Kentucky on July 1, an extra incentive for him to remain in Lexington.
Whereas Calipari's previous extensions have been formally announced once they became official, word of this one came the same day as the New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Monty Williams despite 45 wins and a playoff appearance. That gig could be intriguing to Calipari if New OrleansRead More »from Calipari's extension is a preemptive strike against NBA speculation