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: Cleveland Cavaliers offered John Calipari $80 million over 10 years

Ever since LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to take his talents to South Beach, fans, and even the team, have dreamt of his return. Despite all their supposed hate towards The King, everyone in Cleveland would welcome him back in a heartbeat. And despite their claims to the contrary, the Cavs are constantly making moves to position themselves to bring James back to Cleveland.

It seems their latest (failed) move was also an attempt at attracting LeBron. Earlier this morning, reports came out that the Cavaliers had made a big offer to current Kentucky head coach, John Calipari. That’s a pretty good idea, especially if you’re going to be looking to the college ranks for a coach. Calipari has been successful and is well liked by many players. But this offer that they made him seems a bit outrageous.

This is just classic Cavs. The problem isn’t that they approached Calipari, the problem is they didn’t sign him and now everyone knows. It contradicts their statements that they aren’t going after LeBron, and it undermines the power of new general manager David Griffin.

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  • Jeremy Marx

    Chris Grant got fired.

  • Stan Cratcha

    Yeah because going after a good coach can only mean that they are solely aiming on bringing queen James back. The only one that looks stupid here is Calipari. Who passes on 80 mil? Must not be to confident in his coaching abilities.

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Why are people shocked he turned it down? I am not, Calipari is a fraud, if he took the money the pressure was on him to win, and he knew he could not do it… The Cavs have a few talented pieces, but they would need a GREAT coach like a “Tibs” to make the playoffs and Calipari knew it was not him, he is the type of person who needs to be liked by others, does not want to burn any bridges and taking this job would put a negative light on his career !
    AND people wonder why Lebron had to leave Cleveland to win, They thought offering Calipari 80 million and rehiring Mike Brown were sound business decisions !