The Cleveland Cavaliers are still in the process of hiring their next head coach. It could be a longer process due to John Calipari deciding between a huge offer to be the Cavs head coach and president or return to Kentucky and his college prowess. According to Yahoo the Cavs were in the running for Coach Cal until the middle of last week:
Before finalizing a contract extension with the University of Kentucky late 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.
According to the report GM David Griffin would help Cal get a handle on the executive role but would ultimately cede control of roster decisions to Calipari. Instead Calipari is returning to college and the Cavs are still searching for the guy to lead them to the playoffs and to hope to draw a big time free agent to Cleveland.
Calipari would of been an interesting coach as he would of brought a dribble drive offense that could of taken advantage of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. His ability to draw college recruits couldn’t of hurt getting players to Cleveland. His close relationship with LeBron James is well documented and would of stoked the fires of the narrative of James returning to Cleveland.
Instead the Cavs could be waiting for a Spurs or Heat coach, specifically James’ “favorite” David Fizdale, until they make a decision. Don’t be surprised if this process last beyond the draft.