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.”