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Report: Cavs, John Calipari discussed 7-year, $60 million-plus deal

Kentucky coach John Calipari.  (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kentucky coach John Calipari. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(CBSSports.com) Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who signed a seven-year extension last week, discussed a seven-year, $60 million-plus deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski and Brett Dawson. The proposed arrangement would have made him the president and head coach, with him having final say over roster moves over general manager David Griffin.

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.

There is a “strong belief” around Calipari that he would have wound up in Cleveland if Wildcats guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison had decided to turn pro, according to Yahoo Sports. The two sides had reportedly “gone deep” in negotiations.

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