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A person familiar with Cleveland's pursuit of Izzo told the AP on Tuesday that Gilbert and the coach have discussed terms of a possible contract that would pay Izzo up to $6 million a year for four or five seasons. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were supposed to be confidential.
"That would be a lot of money to turn down," Bell said.
The Milwaukee Bucks guard said he would be happy for Izzo if he chooses to go to the NBA, but would be saddened that he would miss out on a chance to build a college basketball legacy with the Spartans like Mike Krzyzewski has at Duke and Dean Smith did at North Carolina.
"Those guys had a lot of money thrown at them, but they stayed," Bell said.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said Monday the Cavs have talked to Izzo, but hadn't offered a contract, and issued a statement Wednesday to say nothing had changed.
"I am in regular contact with AD Mark Hollis," Michigan State President Lou Anna K.Simon said in a statement released by the school. "I can assure everyone Team MSU is all on the same page in wanting to keep Tom as a Spartan."
Grant said the Cavs are looking for a defensive-minded coach who is a "winner," strong leader and communicator.
That would fit the profile of Izzo, who has regularly been approached by NBA and NCAA teams since the Hawks offered him a contract to leave Michigan State a decade ago. Grant was with the Hawks when they made a strong push for Izzo.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown said Izzo's knowledge and passion would help him make the transition, but he would need to alter his in-your-face style that he uses at times with the Spartans.
"He would definitely have to change his strategy of how he communicates and gets his guys fired up, but that's the type of guy he is," Brown said. "He's a passionate guy about what he does and a fiery guy."
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