2016 NBA free agents: Miami Heat’s Mike Conley option

Mike Conley could be the answer if the Heat want to switch it up at point guard. (Getty Images)
Mike Conley could be the answer if the Heat want to switch it up at point guard. (Getty Images)

Almost everything’s on the table as Pat Riley rushes to get the Heat back to a championship level. That includes a change at point guard.
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Report: Heat to lose assistant Keith Smart to Memphis

Heat assistant coach Keith Smart reportedly will join David Fizdale's staff in Memphis. (Getty Images)
Heat assistant coach Keith Smart reportedly will join David Fizdale’s staff in Memphis. (Getty Images)

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will rebuild his coaching staff this summer.

The first departure was longtime assistant David Fizdale, who was hired as the head coach at Memphis. Now it appears Fizdale is taking fellow Miami assistant Keith Smart with him.

ESPN reported Thursday that Smart, who joined the Heat in 2014 after a brief stint as Sacramento’s head coach, is leaving for the same position in Memphis. The only remaining assistant coach for Spoelstra now is 32-year-old Chris Quinn. Spoelstra likely will fill one of the vacancies with Dan Craig, currently the Heat’s D-League head coach.

This was a difficult season for Smart as he battled a rare form of skin cancer and had multiple extended absences for treatment.

“It was a tough year emotionally for this team, starting with Coach Smart,” Spoelstra said at the end of the season. “I’ve never been through anything like that. We were reflecting just now about the meeting in my office when he told the coaching staff. That was a tough blow. Strange things happened in the course of the year. One game I only had two assistant coaches, because of (family) deaths and Keith’s situation.”

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