Orlando Magic reportedly interested in hiring Michigan State's Izzo

Associated Press • May 25, 2018 at 12:26 AM

It took until nearly Memorial Day, but we have our first official Tom Izzo-NBA report of the 2018 offseason.

The Orlando Magic "have expressed interest" in Izzo for its open head coaching position, according to a Thursday report from The Athletic.

The report didn't indicate whether there has been any dialogue between the two sides. A Michigan State spokesperson said the school will have no comment on the report.

Izzo has had a series of well-publicized dances with the NBA -- most notably with the Atlanta Hawks in 2000 and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010. But he's always returned to the head coaching job where he's remained since 1996.

Izzo came under more intense scrutiny this year for his handling of past sexual assault claims made against his players. But when asked after his team's NCAA Tournament loss to Syracuse if he would return in 2018-19, Izzo said he had no plans to depart East Lansing.

"I never ever planned on going anywhere, from the first rumors," Izzo said. "I don't plan on going anywhere. I've got a job to do. I've never run from anything in my life, nothing. I don't plan on starting now. So I'll be here. I took too many bullets this year not to be here."

The Magic are owned by Grand Rapids native Richard DeVos. The team recently employed former Michigan State star Scott Skiles as its head coach from 2015-16. He was replaced by Frank Vogel, who was fired by the team last month after going 25-57 in 2017-18.

The Detroit Pistons also have an open head coaching position after parting ways with Stan Van Gundy earlier this month.

That led to speculation that the franchise could show interest in hiring the successful in-state college coach, as they have in the past. But the Pistons on Thursday announced the hiring of Ed Stepansi as a senior advisor, and appear to be in the initial stages of hiring both a head coach and a general manager.

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