Izzo reportedly offered Pistons job before Van Gundy
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Given Tom Izzo's success as the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans, and Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores being an MSU alum, the talk in late March about the Pistons chasing Izzo as a head coach sounded pretty logical.
It wasn't the first time Izzo had been linked to Detroit, and this time the franchise needed to make a splash.
He handled the rampant rumors deftly, and the Pistons ended up handing their franchise over to Stan Van Gundy, naming him the president and head coach.
According to the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda, they offered Izzo the same five-year, $35 million deal that Van Gundy accepted.
Since the Pistons wound up with one of the best basketball minds on the planet in Van Gundy, things might have worked out best for all involved.