According to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has removed his name from consideration for the Bobcats job and Brian Shaw has seemingly become the favorite.
Shaw, the longtime Lakers assistant who was a finalist for the Cavaliers job that went to Byron Scott in 2010, was expected to be a candidate for the Trail Blazers job as well.
Yet the fact that his meeting with Jordan went very well is significant, as a source with knowledge of the situation said the Bobcats owner was considering re-opening the process to more candidates if he wasn’t adequately impressed by the finalists. And while it would seem Shaw is the clear frontrunner here, a source close to the situation said a decision has not yet been made.
Amick notes former Missouri Head Coach and current Lakers assistant Quin Snyder is also a finalist.
Many pundits and experts, including me, have pegged Shaw as the next Magic coach.
However, it won’t come as complete shock as Magic management has asked their general manager candidates to consider current Magic assistant Steve Clifford and current Warriors assistant Michael Malone for the job.
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