Is Brian Shaw the frontrunner for the Nets’ open head coaching position?

Indiana Pacers assistant head coach Brian Shaw and head coach Frank Vogel during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Indiana defeated Memphis 82-81. (Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports)

Indiana Pacers assistant head coach Brian Shaw and head coach Frank Vogel during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Indiana defeated Memphis 82-81. (Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets, who are currently looking to fill their head coaching vacancy, could be narrowing in on a candidate.

After firing Avery Johnson early in the 2012-13 season, interim head coach PJ Carlesimo handled the coaching duties the rest of the way. However, he was not retained following the team’s first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Chicago Bulls, and the Nets have been looking for a replacement ever since.

Of course, the requisite Phil Jackson rumors were circulated, only to be shot down just as quickly.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the new leading man for the team’s coaching search moving forward will be current Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw.

Shaw had been considered a lock to replace Jackson when the legend retired from the Lakers in 2011. However, Los Angeles chose instead to bring Mike Brown aboard, prompting Shaw to sign on as an assistant under Frank Vogel at Indy.

His name is routinely among the finalists for pretty much every vacancy out there. However, he has yet to be given a shot at running his own team.

The Pacers take on Miami in a deciding Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday. If the Pacers win, Brooklyn will have to wait longer before they are able to interview the man rumored to be leading their candidacy list.

However, should the Heat send Indianapolis packing, we could be hearing an announcement on Shaw’s status in the very near future.

[H/T: SB Nation]

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