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Kings targeting John Calipari; Plan to make big offer he can't refuse, per report

The Kings reportedly are set to make a strong push for John Calipari, even though he's shown no interest in coming to an NBA team nowhere close to contending.

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It looks like the John Calipari NBA rumors are firing back up, and unfortunately for a lot of parties, it involves a position that's actually occupied at the moment.

The Sacramento Kings are in the midst of another frustrating season that already is heading towards a losing record, which would be the ninth straight time that's happened. Making it worse is that the Kings haven't even won more than 38 games since the 2005-06 season and haven't won more than 29 games since the 2007-08 season.

They've simply been one of the NBA's worst franchises over that span, and team owner Vivek Ranadivé is desperate to make his franchise a winner, or at least something better than what he's seen for much of the last decade.

Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report says that may involve targeting Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari, who Ranadivé is good friends with. Though George Karl is still the team's head coach, there's been rampant speculation and rumors he'll be fired soon and his replacement is already being sought.

The belief still is it's a matter of when, not if, Karl will be removed as the head coach.

If that should happen during this season, the short-term answers are, according to owner Vivek Ranadivé - or sources say - he would like to move Nancy Lieberman into the head-coaching position, making a big splash by having the first female head coach in NBA history.

But Ranadivé's biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.

The belief is that Ranadive will take another run after Calipari plans to make an offer that Calipari simply cannot refuse.

The chances of this happening right now are between slim and none. The Kings are a mess and nowhere close to contending, whereas Calipari just locked up arguably his best recruiting class ever for 2016-17, making his dream of an undefeated season a possible reality that he won't pass up to coach the Kings to 30-40 wins, even if it is a team with Willie Cauley-Stein, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, and possibly someone from this year's UK team since Sacramento will be drafting in the top 10.

Unless the Kings have a plan to get John Wall, Anthony Davis and/or Derrick Rose, I don't see Cal being interested.