Izzo meets with Cavaliers’ owner

Published 12:18 am Friday, June 11, 2010

CLEVELAND — Tom Izzo has flirted with the NBA before. He may finally be ready to commit.

Michigan State’s highly respected coach visited the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday to get a firsthand inspection of a franchise undergoing a major makeover as it prepares to try and re-sign LeBron James, the free-agent-of-a-generation.

After flying to Cleveland in one of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s jets, Izzo spent several hours visiting with members of the front office and coaching staff. He also toured the team’s facilities before returning home late Thursday.

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“It won’t go on forever, I can tell you that,” Izzo said at the airport upon his return to Lansing, Mich. “I feel bad that I can’t talk. I feel good that I did what I had to do.”

Izzo is believed to be mulling a contract worth up to $6 million a season from the Cavs.