The Cleveland Cavaliers are an absolute mess right now as they have fired both head coach Mike Brown and GM Danny Ferry after losing to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs and failing to live up to their high expectations. Not only are the Cleveland Cavaliers without a head coach and GM right now, but they are also trying to do everything within their power to re-sign superstar free agent LeBron James this summer.
Ever since firing head coach Mike Brown after five successful seasons in Cleveland, the Cavs have been on the prowl for a high profile replacement like Michigan State Spartans Tom Izzo, former head coach of the year Byron Scott and Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw.
The first head coach that Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert targeted as his next in line was Tom Izzo from Michigan State.
Throughout his time with the Spartans, Izzo has been one of the most successful head coaches in the country with one NCAA title to his credit and six Final Four appearances.
With all that success on the college level, Tom Izzo has become a Detroit basketball legend and held in high esteem by Michigan State alum Dan Gilbert. Despite giving Izzo an offer of about $30 million dollars over the next five years, which is double his salary at Michigan State, the one-time NCAA champ rejected the offer as he was uncertain about the future of the team and whether or not the Cavs were going to be able to re-sign LeBron James.
So even though it seemed like Tom Izzo was seriously considering the Cleveland Cavaliers head coaching job, the Cavs are now back to square one as they continue to look for the ideal replacement for Mike Brown.
The next step for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their search for a new head coach will be looking at hiring one of two former Laker greats in Byron Scott and Brian Shaw.
As of right now, Byron Scott is currently unemployed after the New Orleans Hornets let him go early after getting off to a very poor start.
Since then, Scott has been considered one of the best available head coaches in the league, but still hasn’t been able to sign with another team.
Even though Scott is still a viable option for the Cavs, Cleveland will start interviews with current Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach and former player Brian Shaw. Despite his credentials and experience under Phil Jackson on the Lakers coaching staff, Shaw hasn’t had the experience as a head coach in this league like Byron Scott.
Personally, I believe that Byron Scott is the best option for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they have been reluctant to offer him a deal as of yet. It is possible that Scott might be waiting to see whether or not Phil Jackson calls it quits so he can interview for what would be his dream job in LA, but in the meantime the Cleveland Cavaliers are exploring all their options and might be able to name a new head coach
before all the free agent madness begins on July 1st.