One of the worst kept secret this offseason is the fact that the Brooklyn Nets have an interest in Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw. Yahoo! Sports guru Adrian Wojnarowski has been hinting for weeks that Shaw could be on the move to Brooklyn and his latest report from today continues to suggest that the Nets will make a hard play for Shaw in the coming weeks.
The Brooklyn Nets have received permission to speak to Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw for head coaching job, league sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 5, 2013
If the Nets want Shaw it appears they’re going to be in competition with the Los Angeles Clippers. It’s being reported that Shaw is the frontrunner for the Nets job and Woj’s report that the two sides will officially speak lends credit to that theory. But according to Ramona Shelburne from ESPN Los Angeles, Shaw is also the frontunner for the Clippers job as well but they appear to be lining up backup plans after Shelburne’s report that Lionel Hollins is going to be speaking with the Clippers much in the way Shaw will be speaking with the Nets.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the Shaw situation plays out in Brooklyn as it’s been suggested that he’s going to hold out for the Clippers job. If there’s mutual interest there, Shaw may end up heading west. But the extent of that interest from Shaw in the Clippers may not be as solid as we think and let’s not forget that money talks in the NBA and Brooklyn is on the rise as a potentially powerful team in the East.
Woj points out that the clincher might be Indiana’s president Donnie Walsh and his close relationship with Nets general manager Billy King, but we still seem to be in the infancy of this process and Shaw might have a big decision to make in the near future.