It’s been a long time coming but assistant Brian Shaw will finally get a shot at guiding his own team after agreeing on Monday to accept the Denver Nuggets head coaching job.

Shaw, who served as lead assistant of the Indiana Pacers the past two years, has been considered for several head coaching jobs. Each time, however, the former three-time NBA Champion during his 15-year playing career has been passed over.

Shaw, 47 will take over a young, talented Nuggets club that won a franchise-best 57 games last season.

Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies didn’t need to look too far for its next head coach after reaching an agreement in principle late on Monday night to promote assistant Dave Joerger, according to ESPN.

Joerger spent the past six seasons on the Grizzlies’ bench under Lionel Hollins. But Hollins had a riff with upper management and was not offered a contract to return as head coach, despite guiding the club to its first Western Conference Finals appearance in franchise history. — DPA

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