Might the Cavaliers be ready to return to former Laker and current Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw, this time with LeBron James firmly in the rearview mirror?

That could be possible. So could another pair of throwback names for the team: former coach Mike Brown, and Warriors assistant Mike Malone.

On the first day of the offseason, the Cavaliers announced that they fired coach Byron Scott after three trying seasons that saw the franchise go just 64-166. Cleveland’s front office had anticipated a struggle for Scott, but when the team’s winning percentage slipped from .318 last year to .293 this year, the decision to make a change was made.

Speculation about Scott’s job security had been running high all season. Star point guard Kyrie Irving spoke in Scott’s defense, but the team opted for a change in direction.

As for who will replace Scott, Shaw’s name jumped to the top of the list of candidates. Scott was hired in 2010, before the Cavaliers knew what would happen with James’ free agency. But Scott only got the job because Shaw declined it. Initially, it was reported that Shaw would accept the Cavs job, but when he was unable to get a clear view of the team’s plan should James sign elsewhere, he backed out. The Cavaliers were eager to have Shaw, who is well-respected by players across the league, take over.

Now that the Cavs have more direction, with Irving a budding star, second-year forward Tristan Thompson showing signs of improvement and promising rookie Dion Waiters on the perimeter, Shaw might be inclined to give Cleveland a second look. Shaw has not been a head coach in the NBA, but is considered one of the top candidates among the league’s assistants.