Coaching search sends clear signal: Cavs think LeBron will re-sign
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Izzo has been for many years a college coach with terrific NBA potential. But this is one franchise that needs a coach who can step into the job and produce a championship immediately. It is not fair to demand instant excellence from Izzo, who has never coached in the league.
This coaching job is open because coach
The enormous salary offer for the Cavs' next coach is a strong signal of their belief they'll re-sign James this summer. They wouldn't be advertising terms of $6 million per year otherwise.
Of course the issue of a big coaching salary is one of those chicken-and-egg things: The Cavs won't be able to re-sign James without first hiring a big-time coach. Gilbert emphasized that James won't dictate whom they hire to coach him. But they're also not going to hire a coach who won't impress James. They need someone who can recruit LeBron, as well as deliver a title.
That's why this coaching search will ultimately be decided following some kind of dialogue with James and/or his people for an understanding of what is best for him and the Cavs. No other franchise has the right to speak frankly with James about these issues, so why wouldn't Cleveland take advantage of the access to the league's most coveted star?
My hunch is that consideration will have to be given to Kentucky coach
This is meant in no way to discredit Izzo, who could be an excellent NBA coach. But it will take him time to develop those professional skills, and that time is one thing Cleveland can't offer to any coach.