Nets have competition for Brian Shaw's services

Assistant coach Brian Shaw of the Los Angeles

Assistant coach Brian Shaw of the Los Angeles Lakers gives instructions against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. (April 18, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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If the Nets want to hire Brian Shaw as their next coach, they're apparently going to have some competition.

Shaw is reportedly the Nets' No. 1 choice and the Clippers reportedly also have the name of the Pacers' associate head coach atop their list of candidates. Yahoo! reported Wednesday that the Nets have been granted permission to speak to Shaw, adding that a meeting with general manager Billy King could take place in the near future with King possibly even extending an offer.

However, Shaw's agent, Jerome Stanley, told that although multiple teams have called Indiana to inquire about Shaw's services, no formal meetings have been set up. Yet.

"The Pacers have been contacted by several teams since the end of the season regarding permission to speak to Brian. Several teams," Stanley told Wednesday. "Brian has not spoken to any team while the Pacers season was ongoing. The season has ended now and he plans to speak to a few teams about potential opportunities to be head coach.

"He will not be commenting on anything to do with this process, or the specific teams involved. There currently are no interviews scheduled."

As for the other hot name in the coaching circles, Lionel Hollins, the Nets requested permission to speak with him May 28 -- the day after the Grizzlies season ended -- and were denied, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. But reported the Grizzlies had rejected all teams inquiring about Hollins until officially giving him the OK to talk to other teams beginning Sunday.

advertisement | advertise on newsday also reported the Nets hadn't called Memphis again to request permission, but if the Nets sought the go- ahead to chat with Hollins again, Memphis wouldn't stand in the way of the two sides talking. The Clippers, who also are said to have Hollins on their list, reportedly were granted permission to chat with him Tuesday.

Hollins, whose contract expires at the end of this month, has made it clear publicly his preference is to stay with the Grizzlies.

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