Heat assistant Juwan Howard interviewing for Knicks head coaching job according to report

Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard holds back head coach Erik Spoelstra during a game against the Nets this season. (AP photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI – Throw Heat assistant Juwan Howard’s name into the long list of coaches the New York Knicks are targeting.

Howard and the Knicks could meet this weekend, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN – the Heat have given Howard permission to speak with the Knicks, the Post has learned. Howard, 45, has been on coach Erik Spoelstra’s staff as an assistant for the last five seasons.

The list of candidates since Jeff Hornacek was fired after compiling a 60-104 record in two seasons is long. President Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry reportedly have spoken with former Cavs coach David Blatt, Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga, former Heat assistant and Memphis coach David Fizdale, G League coach Jerry Stackhouse, former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, former Hawks and Knicks coach Mike Woodson, analyst Kenny Smith and analyst and former Warriors coach Mark Jackson. And they plan to meet with Spurs assistant James Borrego.

Some reports have Blatt and Budenholzer in the lead.

Howard played 19 seasons in the NBA for eight different teams, but never for the Knicks. His last three years were with the Heat where he was a part of the 2012 and 2013 championship teams. He joined the staff immediately after retiring and worked in player development his first season along with being an assistant.

Howard’s only head coaching experience came in the 2016 Summer League where he led the Heat’s teams in Orlando and Las Vegas. Howard’s duties have including working with the Heat’s big men and serving as their defensive coordinator.

Dan Craig was the Heat’s lead assistant coach this season.

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