Tue May 04 08:36pm EDT
Within moments of Adrian Wojnarowski's report intimating that John Calipari would listen to a pitch from Chicago Bulls management, the Kentucky coach took to Twitter to address Big Blue Nation.
"Throughout my career I've been mentioned for other jobs," Calipari wrote. "Now that I'm here u won't hear about other colleges because I've got the best job. Every year you will hear my named mentioned for NBA jobs because I coached in the league before. I'm very happy at Kentucky."
It's fine that Calipari is trying to assuage the concerns of Kentucky fans (and recruits) by speaking to them directly, but I wouldn't bet your kid's college fund that he's in Lexington next season just yet. Here are three reasons I think it's possible that Calipari could be one-and-done at Kentucky if the right NBA team ponied up enough money:
1. Calipari has a track record of dishonesty in these situations
If there's one thing we've learned from Calipari's track record, it's that you can't take everything he says at face value. Even after he'd already started negotiating with Kentucky in March 2009, he told a group of reporters that Memphis is "where I want to coach." Calipari's not doing anything different than many other coaches have done in these situations, but it's clear you can't blindly accept that him being "very happy" at Kentucky means he's definitely staying.
2. Any NBA team that wants LeBron should have interest in Calipari
LeBron James is the NBA's biggest free agent prize, so teams with a coaching vacancy and salary cap room to spare like Chicago, New Jersey and the Clippers would be wise to look at candidates who are amenable to the Cavs star. Nobody fits that description better than Calipari, whose close relationship with LeBron, Nike and World Wide Wes has been well-documented recently. Calipari also has the same agent as other splashy free agents-to-be Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
3. Brandon Knight's "aid agreement" suggests he thinks Calipari may leave
When Kentucky-bound Brandon Knight signed an aid agreement last month instead of a letter of intent like other top recruits, he insisted he wasn't sure why he did it. Yeah, right. The only reason to sign an aid agreement is because it gives Knight the freedom to break it if he chooses, whereas a letter of intent binds him to Kentucky. What's the usual reason a signed recruit would change his mind on his choice of school? If you said a coaching change, you're a winner.