WEDNESDAY, 10:01am: The Nets have received permission from the Pacers to speak to Shaw, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. According to Wojnarowski, Brooklyn will interview Shaw soon and a formal offer could come shortly that meeting.
TUESDAY, 2:11pm: Now that his Pacers are out of the playoffs, assistant coach Brian Shaw is free to talk to teams interested in hiring him as a head coach. At the moment, four teams, the Nets, Clippers, Pistons, and 76ers, are without a head coach, and Shaw has been linked at one time or another to all four clubs. However, the team that is most interested in Shaw may be the Nets.
ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Chris Broussard report that Shaw is a "serious target" for the Nets' coaching opening. Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star also reported earlier today (via Twitter) that GM Billy King has been doing a lot of background checking on the Pacers assistant. According to Stein and Broussard, Brooklyn will request permission to interview Shaw now that Indiana is out of the postseason.
Sam Hinkie's list of targets for the Sixers head coaching job remains mostly unknown, and the Pistons are said to be focusing on Maurice Cheeks and Nate McMillan, but the Nets and Clippers appear to have plenty of overlap in their respective wish lists. As of last week, Shaw and Jeff Van Gundy were believed to be atop the Clippers' list, and there may also be mutual interest between the team and Lionel Hollins, or at least Hollins' reps. The Nets, meanwhile, have contacted Van Gundy about their open position, and have asked permission to speak to Hollins as well, according to the ESPN.com report.
Although the eliminations of the Grizzlies and Pacers open the door for candidates like Hollins and Shaw to talk to teams, the Nets remain in no rush to complete their search, according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com.