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Lakers offseason news: Brian Shaw 'nearing' deal to become Luke Walton's lead assistant coach

Los Angeles' coaching staff is starting to take shape.

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Update: The Lakers are "finalizing" Brian Shaw's contract to join Luke Walton's staff, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News. Original article follows.

The Los Angeles Lakers are "nearing a deal for [Brian Shaw] to become Luke Walton's lead assistant coach," according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Turner reports that Shaw has "always been the coach Walton wanted on his staff," and it seems like the Lakers once again got their man.

Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reported on Friday that Shaw, in an effort to remain closer to his family, was waiting around to see if he could latch on to the vacancy on the Golden State Warriors staff created by Walton heading to the Lakers, but it sounds like his thinking has changed over the past 24 hours.

Shaw was previously head coach of the Denver Nuggets and previously spent seven years on the Lakers bench as an assistant coach to Phil Jackson, in addition to one year as a lead assistant with the Indiana Pacers. Shaw's tenure in Denver didn't go well, but he adds a wealth of coaching experience to the relatively inexperienced Walton's bench.

Shaw will now be able to oversee the Lakers draft workouts in Walton's place while the latter finishes out the season with the Warriors, as Los Angeles' new head coach desired when recruiting Shaw. It's not a done deal yet, but it looks like the Lakers' are starting to assemble their coaching staff.

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