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The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly interested in Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. This comes after Izzo told ESPN college basketball insider Andy Katz last week that he's not interested in coaching in the NBA until he wins another title with the Spartans. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is a Michigan State grad and a longtime Izzo admirer.
With their Game 2 win, the Boston Celtics evened the NBA Finals and stole the home-court advantage from the Lakers. According to Paul Pierce, that win sealed the NBA title. Pierce was heard yelling, “We ain’t coming back to LA!” in the 4th quarter of Game 2. With the 2-3-2 format used by the NBA, the next three games will be played in Boston.
After the jump: Mo Williams on the Block, Melo Talks Extension, Mountain West Passes on Boise, Brewers Release Suppan, Ratliff Ready, and Nadal's No. 1.
The Cavs have a new GM and he’s already making his presence felt. According to sources, Chris Grant is shopping guard Mo Williams to see what he could get for the former all-star. No deal is imminent, but the Cavs figure to be busy this offseason with LeBron James on the market.
Carmelo Anthony wants to stay in Denver, and he's talking about a 3-year extension. Without a deal, his contract would expire after the 2010-11 season. "We'll see what happens," said Anthony. "I think my agent is going to talk to them in a week or so. And if there's something on the table, then we'll go to the table and see what's the best situation for me."
Boise State will not be getting an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference, at least for now. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson says the decision NOT to expand the nine-team conference is due to the potential shake-ups in other conferences. He did add that the decision is not final and they could reconsider once the other bigger conferences get sorted out.
The Milwaukee Brewers have released struggling pitcher Jeff Suppan. Suppan was in the final year of the richest contract in team history. The Brewers signed him to a four-year, $42 million contract before the 2007 season, but Suppan never earned the big money. With the Cardinals, he won a World Series and was picked the NLCS MVP in 2006, but his numbers steadily declined in Milwaukee.
Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff will participate in the team’s mandatory mini-camp on Friday. Ratliff had missed all of the organized team activities while recovering from elbow surgeries. The All-Pro had surgery on both elbows after the Pro Bowl. His 13.5 sacks the last two seasons rank second on the team behind All-Pro outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
The new tennis rankings are out and French Open champion Rafael Nadal is back at No. 1. The Spaniard replaces Roger Federer nearly a year after giving up the top spot to the Swiss star. Nadal used his 5thFrench Open win to reclaim the top spot in the world. He was No. 1 for 46 weeks previously, but was overtaken by Federer in July 2009.