Brian Shaw sat down with Billy King for four hours on Wednesday, a meeting that one insider called "very good."
Fred Kerber tweeted at 3:50 p.m. that the meeting had finished. It started at 11 a.m.
Lengthy Brian Shaw and #Nets brass meeting was "very good." So now we wait— Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) June 12, 2013
For Shaw, it was an attempt to catch up to front-runner Jason Kidd. Mikhail Prokhorov sent a private jet to fetch Shaw Tuesday night. Then, he and King met at a location in New Jersey. No details on the topics discussed. ESPN reports that Shaw was told he is still in the mix.
With the Kidd interview Monday and Shaw Wednesday, the two leading candidates have met with King. The Nets are not expected to talk to anyone else in their search for P.J. Carlesimo's replacement. An announcement is expected before the weekend.
Adrian Wojnarowski tweets that the decision will be made "promptly" and Kidd is trying to assemble assistant coaches.
Within past few hours, Jason Kidd is still aggressively pursuing assistant coaching candidates for a Nets staff, sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 12, 2013
Stefan Bondy threw out a name of a potential assistant...
Heard Nets are indeed high on Italian coach Ettore Messina, and I'm throwing him out there as a potential Kidd assistant.— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) June 12, 2013
The man Kidd or Shaw will replace appeared on ESPN's Tim Brando Show. In the interview, transcribed by The Brooklyn Game, Carlesimo had the following advice for Kidd.
"Surround yourself with good people. Whoever he ends up getting with him, Jason is more than smart enough to realize he needs people to help him with the behind-the-scenes, the minutiae, putting practice plans together, the thousands of little details that a coach is gonna have to go through that Jason would learn anyhow, but will learn a lot quicker with an experienced coaching staff -- which he'll clearly surround himself with.
"The good news is he's got a very good roster. That's a good team that they've put together, Mikhail Prokhorov and Billy King. There's not a lot of things they can do - they can tweak it a little bit, but they're pretty much capped out. They've got a lot of money already allocated going forward, but there's a little bit of wiggle room. Billy, I'm sure, is still going to do a couple of things, but the roster is a good roster."
Meanwhile, in Boston, the Celtics and Doc Rivers appear to be headed for a confrontation over Rivers' future. Although he has three years left on his contract, Rivers wants no part of the upcoming rebuilding that awaits Boston. Danny AInge, however, doesn't appear willing to let him go. The Nets sought permission to speak to RIvers early in the process, but Ainge refused. Peter Vecsey tweeted Wednesday that the Nets were willing to part with a first round pick as compensation for Rivers.