Report: Keith Smart ‘a strong candidate’ to join Heat’s assistant coaching staff


Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is shuffling the deck in terms of his assistant coaches, after things changed fairly significantly once the game’s best player decided to leave in free agency.

Some older, trusted names are gone in favor of some new voices — one of which will be the recently-retired Juwan Howard taking a more prominent role — and it appears as though Spoelstra isn’t finished adding additional talent to his staff in advance of the coming season.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Former Golden State and Sacramento coach Keith Smart has emerged as a strong candidate to join the Miami Heat’s revamped assistant coaching staff, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

In the wake of a shakeup that resulted in the reassignments of Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein, Smart, 49, and Miami are discussing a role on head coach Erik Spoelstra’s bench, sources said.

Smart last coached in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings from 2011-13, and was an assistant under Don Nelson in Golden State before taking over for him in a head coaching role in the ’09-10 season.

Spoelstra has proven to be one of the league’s top-tier head coaches, and these moves show that he isn’t afraid to incorporate some new ideas as his team faces its latest transitional phase.