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May 17, 2010 12:39 PM by Alan Cutler

Calipari Responds To Latest NBA Rumors

John Calipari has now responded to NBA rumors three times in the last four days.

Calipari this morning tweeted out, "Now do I have to respond to these rumors too?"

The latest come from the Chicago Tribune and ESPN.

This is from the Tribune.

"League sources said Sunday that noted NBA power broker William Wesley continues to work back channels to sell John Calipari and James as a package deal to franchises such as the Bulls, Nets and Clippers with coaching vacancies and salary cap room.

Another league source confirmed that an unknown Calipari connection contacted Bulls management over the weekend. This not only once again renders the coach's vows to remain at Kentucky hollow, it underscores the juggling act general manager Gar Forman and senior vice president John Paxson must navigate as they tackle a coaching search while planning for free agency, which begins July 1."

ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reported Monday on "SportsCenter" that James is not demanding Calipari coach him next season.

James and Calipari have become friends through their mutual friendship with Wesley, who is one of the most powerful men in basketball.

NBA teams cannot contact free agents until July 1.

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