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According to the News-Herald of Northern Iowa the Cleveland Cavaliers have sent an offer to  Michigan St. Head Coach Tim Izzo. Former Head Coach Mike Brown was fired on May 23rd. We  know that Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert wants to make a coaching splash in hopes to convince LeBron James to re-sign. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert graduated from Michigan State and wants to have a coach in place before July 1st.

Izzo was hired by the Spartans in 1995 and has reached the NCAA tournament in 13 straight years (1998-2010). The 55 year old coach has guided the Spartans to the 2000 NCAA Title and has reached the Final Four six times (including the last two).

The Michigan born coach is under contract through 2016 and makes about $3 million dollars per year. Since 2000 he has coached six players that have been drafted in the first round (11 total). His coaching style is very demanding and preaches toughness. For him to leave the college ranks it is going to take a substantial contract. He is no stranger to being wanted because the Atlanta Hawks and University of Oregon have expressed interest in the past.

My take: Despite not having any NBA coaching experience Izzo, would a great hire for the Cavs. He has been one of the best college coaches with Michigan State and would be inheriting a team that has won 127 regular season games the past two seasons. One has to speculate that Gilbert asked LeBron about offering a contract to Izzo.

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