One day after a report surfaced that the Brooklyn Nets want to hire Kentucky coach John Calipari, another detail has emerged: Cal’s asking price.
The Wildcats’ boss might skip town to take over as the Nets’ team president and coach following this season. He might not.
The difference is apparently $120 million.
That number comes from Yahoo.com‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, who says Calipari wants a 10-year contract with that dollar amount to seriously consider a jump to the NBA.
If Calipari returns to the Nets, it will be a “déjà vu” hire. The organization stole Calipari away from UMass with a five-year, $15 million contract in 1996. What resulted was a forgettable stretch of professional basketball; New Jersey went 72-112 in two and a half seasons under its young coach.
Calipari eventually righted himself at the University of Memphis, here he reached the national title game before taking the open Kentucky job in 2009.
His accomplishments in Lexington include the 2012 national title and a quartet of Final Four appearances.
No. 9 Kentucky is currently 12-3 (2-1 SEC) and hosts Mississippi State at Rupp Arena on Tuesday night.