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How seriously should we take the Izzo to the Cavs chatter?

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The obvious question in the wake of reports suggesting the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Tom Izzo is whether the longtime Michigan State coach would consider making the jump to the NBA.

On the one hand, Izzo has repeatedly insisted he's happy at Michigan State and texted a Lansing State Journal reporter Sunday night to say reports of an offer from the Cavs are "way more (baloney) than substance." On the other hand, if Izzo is offered the Cavs job and receives assurances LeBron James will remain in Cleveland, how could he not at least consider that?

Izzo has sidestepped interest from NBA teams and prominent college programs before, but his "never say never" stance regarding whether he'll ever leave Michigan State should make Spartans fans at least a little nervous.

This is a tad more appealing than receiving interest from a middling Oregon program. This is an NBA team owned by a Michigan State alum who has long admired Izzo's Xs and Os and innovative motivational techniques at his alma mater. And this is a team that would be positioned to compete for a championship immediately, as long as LeBron stays put.

It's hard to see Izzo leaving for Cleveland without some sort of guarantee that LeBron will be joining him, but if LeBron is on board, then Izzo has some intriguing questions to consider.

Is it worth bolting for Cleveland at a time when Michigan State is poised to compete for Izzo's second national championship? And is the chance to coach the NBA's best player still attractive when that player has unchecked power in the organization even when his opinion conflicts with yours?

Those are drawbacks Izzo shouldn't dismiss, but there's also a lot to like about an offer from the Cavs as well.

The NBA's siren song lured the likes of Rick Pitino, John Calipari and Mike Montgomery. It wouldn't be too shocking if Izzo was next.

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