Kentucky coach Calipari has ‘no interest’ in Pelicans job

New Jersey Nets head coach John Calipari smiles as he addresses the media Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, at the Nets offices in East Rutherford, N.J.  Last night the Nets traded Shawn Bradley, Robert Pack, Khalid Reeves and Ed O'Bannon to the Dallas Mavericks for Chris Gatling, Jim Jackson, Sam Cassell, Eric Montross and George McCloud.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) ORG XMIT: ERA102

John Calipari says he’s not interested in the New Orleans Pelicans’ coaching job and is happy at Kentucky.

The Pelicans fired Monty Williams a week ago and the team’s NBA roster features former Kentucky star Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, who played for Calipari at Memphis.

Calipari said in a statement issued Tuesday by the school that, “Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in New Orleans, I have no interest in coaching the Pelicans or any other coaching position.”

A person close to the situation said last week that Calipari and Kentucky are negotiating a one-year contract extension through 2022 that would pay him $54 million over seven years. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details of the talks have been publicly released.

Written by Zac Porter

Zac Porter

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