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Shaw withdraws from consideration as Cavs coach

By David Aldridge, TNT analyst
Posted Jun 30 2010 9:06PM - Updated Jul 1 2010 12:55AM

The agent for Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw tells TNT's David Aldridge that Shaw has withdrawn from consideration for the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coaching position. Shaw had interviewed for the job earlier this week and was thought to be close to receiving a contract offer from the team in the coming days.

"They were great," Shaw said of the Cavaliers after landing in Oakland Wednesday night. "And the interviews went well. But they had a timeline on when they wanted to hire a coach by. They said they wanted to have a coach by the start of free agency ... one of the big things that was on my mind was, LeBron is not going to make a decision until he gets wooed by everyone, and that's not in the timeline of when they wanted to hire a coach. So I talked to my agent [Wednesday], and said 'I'm not going to be able to make that timeline ... I was not going to be able to, even if they had offered me the job, I wouldn't be able to take it."

"Brian notified Cleveland this afternoon that he was withdrawing from consideration as coach," said Jerome Stanley, Shaw's agent, in a text. "The timing does not work for him. He wishes them well."

Shaw's withdrawal will only heighten speculation that he may wind up with the Lakers' head coaching job if Phil Jackson decides to retire after winning his 11th championship as a coach this season. The Lakers beat the Celtics in the Finals, four games to three.

"It was a hell of an experience for me," Shaw said of the Cleveland interviews. "The three owners flew out and they were there just about the whole time. They were firing questions at me left and right."

Former Nets and Hornets coach Byron Scott has also been interviewed for the Cavaliers' job. Cleveland tried to lure Michigan State coach Tom Izzo last month with a five-year, $30 million offer, but Izzo declined to remain in East Lansing.

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