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    Mar 18, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari talks to Kentucky Wildcats guard Andrew Harrison (5) during practice before the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

    Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari denied interest  in the Pelicans job.  Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

    Kentucky coach John Calipari denied that he is interested in reuniting with star center Anthony Davis and former guard Tyreke Evans as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.

    A report on NOLA.com said the two sides have had “exploratory conversations,” but that money could be a sticking point.

    Calipari recently signed an extension at Kentucky that takes him through the 2021-22 season and pays him about $8 million annually, but the Pelicans are only willing to pay $4-$5 million annually, the report says.

    Golden State Warriors lead assistant Alvin Gentry will get the first interview for the job, according to the report. The Pelicans are also interested in Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who appears to have coached his last game in the Windy City.

    Calipari, who will earn a $1.6 million bonus if he remains the Kentucky coach on July 1, coached Davis to the NCAA championship in 2012.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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