Brian Shaw remains Nets' top target

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets' search for a coach may no longer include Lionel Hollins.

A source confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that the Nets were denied permission to speak with the Memphis Grizzlies coach. The source told Broussard the Nets are unsure whether they'll ask to speak to Hollins again.

Hollins is still under contract with the Grizzlies through June 30. Then, assuming he doesn't re-sign with Memphis, Hollins can become a free agent.

Yahoo! Sports reported that the Nets have been granted permission to speak with No. 1 target Brian Shaw about their vacancy. According to the report, Nets general manager Billy King is expected to meet with Shaw soon to discuss the job and could make an offer.

Shaw's agent, Jerome Stanley, told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne that multiple teams have reached out to Shaw's current employer -- the Indiana Pacers -- about the assistant.

"The Pacers have been contacted by several teams since the end of the season regarding Brian," Stanley said. "The season has ended and now he plans to speak to a few teams about potential opportunities to be a head coach. He will not be commenting on anything to do with this process, or the specific teams involved."

Both Shaw and Hollins have also been linked to the Los Angeles Clippers as possibilities to be their head coach.

Information from ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne and ESPNNewYork.com contributor Mike Mazzeo was used in this report.