Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown will be named the new Lakers head coach to replace the legendary Phil Jackson, who retired. According to ESPN sources, the deal has been finalized at 4 years for $18.25 million.
By hiring Brown, the Lakers have chosen to pass on in-house candidate, assistant head coach Brian Shaw.
Shaw, an Oakland native, presumably will be available for the Golden State Warriors' to court as their head coach. Multiple sources have already confirmed that the Warriors received permission to interview Shaw.
The Warriors recently hired Jerry West, a Hall of Fame executive, formerly with the Lakers. The timing of West's hiring and Shaw's probable departure, may be just the opportunity for Warriors to get the up and coming head coach they desire and need.
Shaw is hot head coaching prospect drawing interest from around the league. Last year, Shaw interviewed for the Indiana Pacers head coaching vacancy before turning it down to stay one more year with the Lakers.
Other candidates on the Warriors' list include former Timberwolves coach Kevin McHale, Lakers assistant coach Chuck Pearson, Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank, and Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey.