Apr 6, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari speaks at a press conference during practice before the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cavs offered John Calipari head job, final say

Kentucky head coach John Calipari agreed to a seven year, $52 million extension at the end of the last week to remain at the school; however, before agreeing at the offer, he was mulling over a proposed contract that would have brought him to Cleveland. The potential contract, reported by Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brett Dawson, would have been for seven years and worth near $60 million. It would have made him the team’s president as well as head coach. The intent was to give Calipari “full control” over basketball operations, according to sources. Had he decided to accept the offer and left the college ranks for the banks of the Cuyahoga River, he would have worked closely with GM David Griffin. But ultimately, it would’ve been Calipari with the final say on personal matters.

As it stands now, the Cavaliers are still without a head coach after firing Mike Brown on May 12th. They have already conducted interviews with former Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins, as well as Vinny Del Negro and Clippers assistant coach and former NBA player Tyronn Lue. With 17 days until the draft, pressure is on the front office to find a new leader for the team.


Per ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Cavs actually offered a deal for $80 million over 10 years. And of course, LeBron James was involved.

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