With a case still pending against Louisville over his termination, former coach Rick Pitino is still in hopes of coaching again. After he reportedly hired an agent, Pitino’s name was floated for the Georgia job before ultimately being passed over.
While he has been reportedly offered a head coaching job in Australia, Pitino may have his eyes on an even bigger job — a return to the NBA.
According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, Pitino has reached out to the Milwaukee Bucks about their job opening:
No confirmed NBA interest in Pitino has yet emerged. The only known contact to date he’s had with an NBA team, league sources say, was initiated by Pitino’s side — not the team (Milwaukee)
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 30, 2018
After coaching at Hawaii, Boston University and Providence, Pitino jumped to the NBA, where he coached the New York Knicks for two seasons. He returned to college, coaching Kentucky before yet again trying his hand in the NBA, where he led the Boston Celtics from 1997-2001. Pitino had coached at Louisville from 2001-2017, when he was terminated by the program “for cause” in October.
Before the decision was even made official, Pitino and his attorney had already served the university a breach of contract notice.
Louisville responded to Pitino with a letter indicating “a pattern” of “inappropriate behavior” as grounds for his termination.
Pitino’s representation was ordered to discuss a settlement with Louisville back in January to no apparent avail. That came before a blockbuster report detailing Louisville breaking open meetings laws dropped in February.
The report could strengthen Pitino’s case against the university.
Pitino’s contract, which was extended through the 2025-26 season back in 2015, would have paid him a total of $50.93 million including potential bonuses. His annual salary rose to $5.093 million before the 2016-17 season and would remain there through the remainder of the agreement.