The Brooklyn Nets have been granted permission to speak to the franchise's top coaching target, Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Nets president Billy King is expected to meet with Shaw shortly to discuss the job and an offer could be forthcoming, sources said.
Pacers officials say that King has done an inordinate amount of research on Shaw over the past several weeks. Pacers president Donnie Walsh worked with King years ago with Indiana and has kept a close relationship with him.
Memphis coach Lionel Hollins is also under consideration for the Nets job.
The Nets won 49 regular-season games and lost in seven games to the Chicago Bulls in the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Nets believe they need a coach to help instill toughness in their team. Shaw has been the Pacers' top assistant the past two years after spending seven years on Phil Jackson's staff with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Shaw, who played 14 seasons in the league, was part of three NBA title teams as a player with the Lakers, and two more in 2009 and '10 as an assistant coach. He was a popular choice to replace Jackson in 2011 in Los Angeles, but Lakers owner Jim Buss passed on him.
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