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Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari signed a new seven-year deal worth $52.5 million guaranteed on Thursday. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers had other plans for him.
It has been reported that the Cavaliers did make a generous offer to Calipari, hoping that they would sway LeBron James into coming back to play for the team he left four years ago. It is known that James and the Kentucky coach are good friends.
An estimated offer that Cleveland made was a 10-year, $80 million deal. Not only was Calipari offered to coach the team, he was offered to be the team president as well, reported ESPN.
According to Yahoo Sports, which first reported the would-be deal, Calipari would have taken the Cleveland offer, but decided to stay in Kentucky because Wildcat guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison did not go pro.
Negotiations were tight until the end but a deal was not made, confirmed CBS Sports.
Cleveland has tried to hire other college coaches, such as Florida State's Billy Donovan and Michigan State's Tom Izzo.