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Lakers assistant Brian Shaw likely to be named coach of Cavaliers [updated]

June 29, 2010 |  9:24 am

Shaw_300 Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw likely  will be named head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Shaw's agent, Jerome Stanley, said via text Tuesday that Shaw was "close to accepting deal."

Shaw met with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and General Manager Chris Grant Monday night and Tuesday about replacing Coach Mike Brown.

Shaw, 44 was an assistant coach under Lakers Coach Phil Jackson the last five seasons.

Shaw has won two NBA championships with the Lakers as an assistant and three titles with the Lakers as a player.

Byron Scott, who remains a candidate to replace Jackson if  he retires, was also in the running for the Cavaliers' job.

Shaw also was a candidate to replace Jackson. The Cavaliers post would be Shaw's first head-coaching job.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Brian Shaw yells instructions to the Lakers during the Western Conference finals in May. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.