ESPN: Brooklyn Nets "targeting" Pacers assistant Brian Shaw

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A number of signs Tuesday afternoon that Brian Shaw, the Pacers assistant, is moving the Nets list of coaching candidates.

ESPN Sports Center tweeted just before 1 p.m. that Shaw is the front-runner.

Both Chris Broussard and Marc Stein report the Nets will soon ask permission to talk with Shaw now that the Pacers season is over.

Indeed, the Pacers are starting to field requests from teams to interview Indiana's assistant coach, the veteran Pacer beat writer, reports. He tweeted Tuesday morning says that both the Nets and Clippers are among those most interested. The 76ers and Pistons are also seen as possible destinations for the 47-year-old Shaw.

Wells did note in a tweet that Billy King has done research on Shaw.

Still, Wells notes the Clippers have actually moved.

Pacers GM Donnie Walsh has said that he would let Shaw talk to other teams once the season ended.

Meanwhile, Jeff Van Gundy told Tim Bontemps that as long as Chris Paul re-signs, the L.A. job is the better,

JVG, perhaps trying to keep his name in the mix, praised the the Nets in general and Deron Williams in particular.

Finally, Danile Labanti, hoops writer for Corriere di Bologna, quotes sources that Ettore Messina, head coach of CSKA Moscow, is talking to an NBA team. Messina coached CSKA to two Euroleague titles under Mikhail Prokhorov's ownership. Labanti previously reported that Prokhorov approached Messina about the Nets job last month.

When will it all end? No one is saying publicly, but one has to assume with Draft workouts beginning on June 11, the Nets would like to get things done in the next couple of weeks so that the new coach can participate in the Draft War Room on June 27.

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