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Cleveland Cavaliers Eyed John Calipari Prior to Kentucky Deal
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Cleveland Cavaliers Eyed John Calipari Prior to Kentucky Deal

Jun 9 2014, 9:10pm CDT | by

The Cleveland Cavaliers were reportedly eyeing Kentucky Wildcats head men's basketball coach John Calipari to be their head coach and president to the tune of a seven-year $60 million-plus deal before he signed his seven-year, $52.5 million extension with the Wildcats last week.

John Calipari was a candidate to be president and head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to signing his extension with the Kentucky Wildcats last week.  This is what Yahoo! Sports' Adrian...

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Cleveland Cavaliers Eyed John Calipari Prior to Kentucky Deal

Jun 9 2014, 9:10pm CDT | by

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were reportedly eyeing Kentucky Wildcats head men's basketball coach John Calipari to be their head coach and president to the tune of a seven-year $60 million-plus deal before he signed his seven-year, $52.5 million extension with the Wildcats last week.

John Calipari was a candidate to be president and head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to signing his extension with the Kentucky Wildcats last week. 

This is what Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Brett Dawson touched on in their June 9 update

"Before finalizing a contract extension with the University of Kentucky last week, John Calipari had gone deep in discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a seven-year, $60 million-plus contract to become president and coach, sources told Yahoo! Sports. 

"Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had been persistent in his pursuit and kept returning to Calipari in an effort to deliver full control of basketball operations, sources said. 

"Gilbert and Calipari had discussed a package in the range of $8 million-plus a year, sources said, and it wasn't until midweek that Calipari finally rejected Cleveland and fully committed to his seven-year, $52 million extension at Kentucky. 

"If Calipari had gone to Cleveland, the plan would've been for new general manager David Griffin to work with Calipari in the front office, but he would've ceded final decisions on personnel matters to Calipari, sources said. 

"Beyond the considerable length of the proposed contract -- with an annual salary that would've moved Calipari among the highest-paid executives/coaches in the NBA -- Calipari had some intrigue with the infrastructure of the All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and the possibility of the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft. 

"Calipari has remained intrigued about a return to the NBA in the right situation, and it's unclear how well he believed he could've existed with Gilbert, a hands-on owner. 

"The Cavaliers have met with several candidates for the job, including Los Angeles Clippers assistants Alvin Gentry and Ty Lue, ex-Memphis (Grizzlies) coach Lionel Hollins and ex-Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro. Cleveland has pursued Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Florida State's Billy Donovan in the process, too."  

On the other hand, ESPN pegged the Cavaliers' offer for Calipari at 10 years and $80 million: 

"NBA coaching sources have told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the Cleveland Cavaliers' recent pitch to Kentucky coach John Calipari was a 10-year offer worth nearly $80 million and included the roles of coach and team president. 

"Kentucky on Thursday announced that Calipari has been signed to a new seven-year deal worth $52.5 million guaranteed. 

"Sources told ESPN's Andy Katz that Kentucky's new deal with Calipari was completed in April and that the Cavs' proposal was made within the past two weeks. 

"Sources told Stein that part of Cleveland's motivation to chase Calipari for its job was the belief that hiring Calipari -- who is well-known to be a good friend of LeBron James -- would greatly enhance its chances of convincing the NBA's best player to return to its home state in free agency this summer

"But Calipari, like UConn's Kevin Ollie before him, ultimately resisted Cleveland's overtures. 

"Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been highly motivated to recruit a marquee coach to be the new face of the franchise, but Calipari and Ollie are off the market now thanks to the new contracts at their respective schools. Florida's Billy Donovan and Michigan State's Tom Izzo also rebuffed the Cavs during the current college basketball offseason."

Even though Calipari is no longer in the running, former Cleveland Cavalier Mark Price has emerged as another candidate to be the team's new head coach, per The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer. 

"Beloved former Cavaliers star Mark Price, now an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets, will interview for the Cavs head coaching position on Tuesday, three NBA sources told The Plain Dealer. 

"With the team's coaching search entering its fourth week since Mike Brown was fired on May 12, Price is believed to be the sixth candidate to formally interview with Cavs general manager David Griffin, joining (Chicago) Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue and former NBA head coaches Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and Vinny Del Negro. 

"None of the candidates has met with owner Dan Gilbert, and none has a second interview scheduled as of Monday evening, a source said, though Yahoo! reported that Gentry and Lue would be interviewed again. The Associated Press also reported Gentry would have a second interview.

"Price, 50, is one of the most popular players ever to play for the Cavs. Acquired from the Dallas Mavericks on draft day in 1986 for a second-round pick and other considerations, Price teamed with center Brad Daugherty during the most successful era in Cavs history until LeBron James arrived." 

Calipari has amassed a 597-177 (.771) win-loss record in the NCAA head coaching ranks in stints with the Massachusetts Minutemen, Memphis Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats, per Sports-Reference.com. 

 
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1 week ago

John Calipari Called Into Mike Francesa's Show To Yell At Him

Aug 21 2014 4:14pm CDT | Source: Deadspin

Today on his radio show, Mike Francesa was talking some shit about Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari. "He's not a classic X's and O's guy," he said in his particular way. Francesa then took a call from "John in Kentucky," who wanted to defend coach Cal's abilities. Turns out, "John in Kentucky ...
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1 week ago

Mike Francesa Hung Up on John Calipari

Aug 21 2014 11:45am CDT | Source: The Big Lead

What happens when you put the massive egos of John Calipari and Mike Francesa together? Radio gold. Francesa invited Calipari, a longtime friend/sparring partner, into his WFAN studio on Wednesday. The pair basically spent the time tweaking each other for one thing or another in a mostly good-natured way. However the tweaking didn’t stop when Calipari left, as Francesa took issue with the Kentucky coach’s Xs and Os ability. So what did Calipari do? Call in to the show as “John from Kentuc ...
Source: The Big Lead   Full article at: The Big Lead
 

 
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1 week ago

Mike Francesa Hung Up On John Calipari When He Called In Defend John Calipari

Aug 21 2014 11:31am CDT | Source: SportsGrid

If this is really truly John Calipari calling into Francesa’s Mic’d Up WFAN program, it’s the coolest prank call in the history of phones. After going on the show — in-person — Calipari then called in to debate Mike on his criticisms of Calipari’s basketball acumen. It was perfect. We’ll grab the video, but in the meantime, you can listen the audio of the back-and-fourth below: [soundcloud url= ...
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1 week ago

John Calipari poses as a fan to defend himself on Mike Francesca show

Aug 21 2014 10:14am CDT | Source: SBNation

Listen to the Kentucky coach pose as 'John from Kentucky' on the air. Kentucky coach John Calipari has heard the criticism before. New York radio host Mike Francesca went on the air and said Calipari is a master recruiter and motivator, but that he wasn't a great X's and O's coach. Francesa brought up the late Rick Majerus as a counter-example to Calipari: a coach who cou ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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1 week ago

Doug Gottlieb vs Mike Francesa Seems Like it Could be Fun at CBS

Aug 21 2014 9:11am CDT | Source: The Big Lead

Doug Gottlieb is back in New York, moving East from California to have his CBS radio simulcast. Wednesday, Gottlieb was in the building where CBS airs all of its shows, and so was Kentucky coach John Calipari. The Wildcats coach was doing an interview with everybody’s favorite ornery know-it-all, Mike Francesa. According to Gottlieb, one of his producers waited to try and land an interview with Calipari, and Francesa caught wind ...
Source: The Big Lead   Full article at: The Big Lead
 

 
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2 weeks ago

How college basketball teams are fairing abroad

Aug 18 2014 12:00pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Michigan, Kentucky, Miami and Memphis are among the teams getting in overseas competition this summer. It's a few months from the tip of the college basketball season, but several teams are taking advantage of the NCAA rule that allows for overseas trips and formal exhibition games. Some have scheduled competitive outings and others haven't, but all will use the rule as a valu ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Anthony Davis is growing into a beast

Aug 18 2014 11:03am CDT | Source: SBNation

The 21-year-old center may already be the best player on Team USA's young roster. In time, we'll see this stretch as one small step on his journey to superstardom. CHICAGO -- The United Center crowd had waited a long time to roar again for Derrick Rose. It exploded when Rose was the last player introduced. It chanted M-V-P nearly every time he touched the ball. The Team USA-Brazil exhibition initially fel ...
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2 weeks ago

John Calipari couldn't make himself leave Kentucky to coach LeBron James

Aug 18 2014 9:17am CDT | Source: SBNation

The Kentucky Wildcats coach couldn't leave a group of returning players, but he's also realistic about how good of a gig he has in Big Blue Nation. LeBron James could have made his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers known much earlier in the free agency process, but even then Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari believes he would have remained at his current post. Calipari admitted to The Courier-Journal's Kyle Tucker that he was in the running for the Cavs' ...
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2 weeks ago

John Calipari says he was not close to going to Cleveland. LeBron or not.

Aug 18 2014 6:02am CDT | Source: NBC Sports

John Calipari is very good at playing to the local cro ...
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2 weeks ago

Walking on the beach this morning, doing a little thinking when I saw footprints in the sand.

Aug 14 2014 10:02am CDT | Source: Deadspin

Walking on the beach this morning, doing a little thinking when I saw footprints in the sand. Reminded me of the poem Footprints in the Sand — John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) August 14, 2014 Read more... ...
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