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Cavs' coaching search confused

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Tom Izzo's rejection has left the Cleveland Cavaliers feeling unwanted.

Izzo was owner Dan Gilbert's first choice to replace Mike Brown as the Cavs' coach, a position that may not be filled until LeBron James signs as a free agent — in Cleveland or elsewhere. Izzo's decision Tuesday to remain at Michigan State has complicated things for the Cavs, who are now preparing for the NBA draft and July 1 opening of free agency without a coach or a frontrunning candidate.

A fallback plan could be Byron Scott.

General manager Chris Grant spoke with Scott last week, but the former New Orleans coach may be waiting to see what happens after the season with Phil Jackson and the Lakers.

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