Spurs assistant Brett Brown in running for Nuggets coaching job

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With Doc Rivers landing in Los Angeles, it was thought that the Nuggets head coaching job would go to either Brian Shaw or Lionel Hollins.

Except it’s not, apparently.

Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown is moving way up the list, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown has emerged as a serious candidate for the Denver Nuggets’ head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Brown traveled to Denver and met with Nuggets CEO Josh Kroenke and general manager Tim Connelly on Sunday night.

If Brown’s name sounds a little familiar, he was the coach of the Australian national team in the 2012 Olympics. He’s a product of the Spurs system, having been in their player development program before moving to their bench.

This could be partially a money thing — Brown would come at a lower price than Shaw or Hollins. While the Nuggets paid well to have George Karl as their coach it was feeling around the league they wanted the next coach at a lower price.

If Brown gets this job, it would mean Gregg Popovich has to do some hiring. He has already lost long-time assistant coach Mike Budenholzer to the Atlanta Hawks as their head coach.