Cavs Wooing Both Tom Izzo and Byron Scott?

by June 10, 2010

Tom Izzo will reportedly be in Cleveland today touring the Cavs’ facilities and chatting with team officials, but according to several published reports. Byron Scott is also in the running for the coaching gig: “Gilbert is believed to be pressuring Izzo for a decision sooner rather than later, which is perhaps why Byron Scott’s name is now being mentioned in connection to the Cavaliers’ job. Gilbert could be using Scott to leverage Izzo for an answer. Gilbert is doing his best to land a marquee coach before July 1 for two reasons, according to sources: To provide James with another reason to re-sign, and also to have a respected coach in place even if James decides to leave. Scott is enjoying his time away from the court as an ESPN analyst, according to a source close to the former coach. He is taking care of his elderly parents, who are ill, and spending time with adult children. Scott is still very interested in the Lakers’ job and wants to know Phil Jackson’s future. If Jackson leaves, Scott would like to be considered in Los Angeles. Even if Jackson remains, Scott believes it will only be for another year, and is willing to wait it out in order to have a shot at the job. Scott is also interested to see how a potential lockout after next season would affect the league, according to a source.”