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Cavaliers pursuit of John Calipari might have been even zanier than initially reported

Jun 10, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

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The Cavaliers offered Kentucky coach John Calipari $60 million over seven years to become their head coach.

Crazy, right?

Try these reports on for size

Marc Stein:

$80 million?! That’s ridiculous money – and if true – incredible Calipari turned it down and very telling about his perception of Dan Gilbert and the Cavaliers. That, unlike the originally reported offer, is a lot more than he’s making at Kentucky.

Apparently, making coaching decisions on the slimmest chances of landing LeBron James has become en vogue. But the Lakers doing it too makes that strategy no less absurd. I suppose Calipari would help Cleveland’s chance of luring LeBron, but I doubt going from miniscule to extremely slim is worth $80 million.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports doesn’t buy that higher salary offer, but he adds another wrinkle.

Calipari failed with the New Jersey Nets, but he might deserve another chance to coach in the NBA. But a promotion? C’mon. Calipari is a fine coach, but there’s nothing in his résumé that indicates he deserves to become a president of an NBA team. It’s barely tolerable as a secondary title – assuming there’s a powerful general manager in place – to go along with coaching, but to make that his primary job would even more misguided.

Before covering that, it’s worth noting Joe Lull of 92.3 The Fan’s report:

David Griffin became the Cavaliers’ interim general manager mid-season when they fired Chris Grant. I believe it would have been helpful to clue in your general manager, even if he was just an interim and especially if he might become permanent, about your pursuit of a coach.

More importantly, Griffin became permanent general manager when Cleveland fired Mike Brown as coach. That means either Gilbert went behind Brown’s back or Griffin’s. Neither is a good look.

Pick and choose what you want to believe about the the Cavaliers’ pursuit of Calipari. There are definitely conflicting accounts. But whatever you’re left with, there are definitely some strange details.

  1. spursareold - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Hot Mess In Cleveland…

  2. jj871 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Boy, what a terribly, terribly run franchise this is. When is the last time the Cavs made a shrewd move? Gilbert is a joke.

    • campcouch - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      probably as terribly run as any other team that hasn’t won a title.

      • bball242322 - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        not even close

    • realfootballfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      Right answer.

  3. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    When they traded for grizzlies first rounder, when they got clips number one for mo Williams

    • zeedoubleyou - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Blind squirrel, meet nut. Nut, meet blind squirrel.

  4. jeffkx - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Don’t believe a word Joe Lull says..all he is basically is a mouthpiece for the teams here in Cleveland. Trust me he’s a clown.

  5. isaiah007 - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    That dude might be an idiot but he has the NBA by the nads!! Who gets to write letters to the Commish is veto approved upon deals. Who wins the lottery every year no matter the longshot. Smh at this guy!

  6. campcouch - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    so only LA and NYC can attempt to hire a big name coach? apparently cash isn’t an issue for the franchise seeing that they’re still paying Brown and probably Scott as well. it’s boggling how there’s so much fascination with the Cavs,Browns and Indians. like they’re impeding the rest of the sports world and their goals for a championship. ah well,bad press is still press.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    He turned it down when the offer letter was in ALL CAPS!

  8. ningenito78 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    If Gilbert went behind Gilbert’s back then this whole thing is even ZANIER!

  9. ravenswhat - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Even cal understands the ridiculous prospect of paying an incredible recruiter 80 million dollars to coach professionals.

  10. drewzducks - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    This is like the Celtics and Pitino in ’97. Unfortunately for us Celtic fans, we weren’t lucky enough to be spurned by Slick Rick.

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