Of the all the unlikely developments that could occur this NBA offseason, how would this one rank: Cleveland Cavaliers coach . . . Mike Woodson?
Woodson, dropped after six seasons with the Hawks, has been “contacted” by the Cavaliers, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Wonder what LeBron James thinks about this? Or has he already sold his house?
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo remains the first choice of owner Dan Gilbert to replace the fired Mike Brown, but the team also has had a phone conversation with former New Jersey and New Orleans coach Bryon Scott. As for Woodson, here’s an excerpt from the Plain Dealer story:
A league source said the team has made contact with former Hawks coach Mike Woodson and may talk with him further. Woodson coached Atlanta for the past six seasons and led the team to a 53-29 record this past season.
Also, sources indicated the Cavs have interest in talking to Lakers assistant Brian Shaw.
Needless to say, the Cavs have a complex search on their hands if Izzo decides to stay in East Lansing. James’ free agency, of course, being the biggest variable of them all.
I’m sure the Woodson thing is a long shot — it’s possible he could be hired as an assistant — but can we be sure?
For what it’s worth, Cleveland’s new general manager is Chris Grant, who stepped into the position after Danny Ferry’s sudden resignation. Grant is a former assistant under the Hawks’ Billy Knight. Knight hired Woodson but he also tried to fire him during the 2008 season, only to be overruled by Atlanta Spirit owners.