The Sixers want the “right man,” according to owner Joshua Harris, to become the 24th head coach in franchise history, succeeding Doug Collins who was at the helm for the previous three seasons.

But finding the right man isn't easy.

Something former Sixers assistant coach and current Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said rings true:

“I think if you don’t have a big name, I think it is tough to win some of these jobs that could be open,” Vogel said. “Obviously, the recommendations of the higher-ups factor into it. The success of the teams you have been with as an assistant coach factor into it as well.”

Sitting on Vogel’s bench is an up-and-comer in Brian Shaw. And an up-and-comer is exactly what the Sixers' front office is interested in.

The Sixers, according to a source, have contacted the Pacers' associate head coach about their vacant head-coaching position. Because the Pacers are in the playoffs, Shaw will interview for the position when the time is appropriate.

Shaw, 47, played 14 years in the NBA with 12 playoff appearances, four NBA Finals showings and three NBA championships.

Shaw may have never been a star, but he is a winner. When he ended his playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers, he transitioned to coaching, becoming an assistant on Phil Jackson’s staff and staying there from 2004-11.