Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw is considered the favorite for the Clippers' vacant head coaching position, reports ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne.
Shaw was a long-time assistant for the Lakers and considered a possible successor to Phil Jackson. But Jackson's tenure ended with a disappointing loss to the Mavericks in 2011, and the team decided to go a different direction. Shaw, a well-regarded coach, was reportedly a candidate for other head coaching positions that year, but he struck out and landed as Indiana's associate head coach.
The Pacers grew into a contender in the past two years, pushing the Heat to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals this season. That's helped Shaw get to his current position, where he could be choosing between two teams that made the playoffs this season.
The Clippers finished 56-26 this year and won the first division title in franchise history. But after a first round loss to the Grizzlies, the team decided not to renew the contract of coach Vinny Del Negro. Star point guard Chris Paul is a free agent this summer, but if he returns, Los Angeles would again be one of the top teams in the Western Conference.expires at the end of the month former Cavaliers coach Byron Scott former Suns coach Alvin Gentry