Cavs close to hiring Shaw

Despite discussions that were pushing toward the finalization of an agreement to become the Cleveland Cavaliers’ new coach, Brian Shaw left talks with team officials without a contract.

Cavs officials said the team “had not made an offer to any coach at this time,” but a source described that as semantics.

The Cavaliers also insisted they hadn’t offered Michigan State’s Tom Izzo a formal contract, despite his public agonizing over the Cavs job.

Shaw made a strong impression on owner Dan Gilbert in face-to-face meetings in the past two days.

The Cavaliers want to have a coach hired before the start of free agency on Thursday. Byron Scott, the other leading candidate, told Y! Sports on Monday he had yet to receive an offer.

Shaw, a longtime assistant under Phil Jackson, was working Tuesday to put together an assistant coaching staff. Shaw’s agent Jerome Stanley told the Los Angeles Times Shaw was “close to accepting deal” with the Cavs.

Fanhouse first reported the deal with Shaw was imminent.

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Updated Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010