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Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw is a serious target for the Brooklyn Nets, NBA coaching sources tell ESPN.com's Marc Stein and ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.
The Nets are expected to request permission to interview Shaw now that Indiana has been eliminated from the playoffs. The Los Angeles Clippers already have contacted Shaw about their coaching vacancy, as well.
"The Pacers have been contacted by several teams since the end of the season regarding permission to speak to Brian," Shaw's agent, Jerome Stanley, told ESPN on Wednesday. "Several teams. 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."
The Nets also have formally requested permission to interview Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, who has been given permission to speak with other teams, NBA coaching sources said. However, a source confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard a Memphis Commercial Appeal report saying the Grizzlies have denied the Nets permission to speak to Hollins.
The Nets are not sure whether they will ask the Grizzlies for permission again, the source told Broussard.
Hollins said Monday that he doesn't want to leave the Grizzlies but will discuss jobs with other teams if he has "no choice."
The Nets also have contacted ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy about their coaching vacancy, a league source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
The Nets are in search of a replacement for P.J. Carlesimo, but are in no rush, people familiar with their coaching search told ESPNNewYork.com recently.
Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne, ESPNNewYork.com's Mike Mazzeo and ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard was used in this report.