All of this madness involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers has to do with none other than... free-agent-to-be LeBron James, of course. One team has made an outrageous offer for a coach in hopes of luring him, and the other is holding off on making a hire because of him.
There was a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports that the Cavaliers, who fired Mike Brown after a disastrous season, offered John Calipari a deal as coach and president for seven years and $60 million a week ago. Those terms may have been underreported, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, who said the Kentucky coach had been offered $80 million for 10 years.
The problem with it all is that current GM David Griffin apparently didn't know about it, suggesting he was left out of the loop when Calipari was offered the front-office role, too. That would've minimized Griffin. The implication is that owner Dan Gilbert, who branded James a quitter when he left Cleveland as a free agent to join the Miami Heat, was responsible.
Then it's on to the Lakers, who have been moving at a snail's pace to replace Mike D'Antoni. The reason? Supposedly that's about James, too.
James is playing in Game 3 tonight with the Miami Heat vs. the San Antonio Spurs as he goes for his third NBA championship.