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Cleveland Cavaliers Coaching Search Down To Byron Scott And Brian Shaw

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been looking for a coach since May 25 when they fired former Coach of the Year Mike Brown.

It appears, now, that they will have his replacement before the NBA’s free agency season begins on July 1.

Brian Shaw is scheduled to interview with the Cavs this afternoon as well as Tuesday morning before Cleveland decides between him and fellow candidate Byron Scott according to AOL Fanhouse’s Sam Amick.

Of course, as with everything this offseason, Amick reports that a LeBron James angle is present with both candidates.

The question of which coach could have more sway in convincing James to return to Cleveland is unknown, as both fit the coaching qualification of a former player that sources say James prefers. James inquired about Scott with close friend Chris Paul weeks ago, asking the New Orleans point guard about his time spent with Scott. Considering Paul has referred to Scott as a father figure, it’s a safe assumption it was a positive conversation.

Sources say Shaw, represented by his long-time agent Jerome Stanley, might have the subtle backing of William Wesley, the James associate who knows Shaw well from time spent around the Shaquille O’Neal-led Orlando Magic teams of the mid-1990s.

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