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Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (50) / 9/21/1964
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175
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Keith Smart will be an assistant coach with the Heat this season.
He was the head coach for the Kings until 2013 and was paid by the team last season because of his contract. Smart didn't have much success in his run as a head coach, so he's going to have to really impress as an assistant to get another chance. Sep 17 - 7:01 PM

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Keith Smart is in discussions to join the Miami Heat as an assistant coach.

Erik Spoelstra is revamping his coaching staff after the reassignments of Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein, putting Smart on his radar. Smart has been out of coaching since being let go by the Kings following the 2012-13 season, but it's sounding like he could soon be joining assistant coach Juwan Howard on Spoelstra's staff.
Sep 2 - 11:31 AM

Keith Smart will not return as head coach of the Kings next season.

With the hiring of Mike Malone, this is obvious news. Smart is still owed $2.5 million for next season, so the Kings are on the hook for that. He might look to stay in the league as an assistant, or he could take some time off and land a media job somewhere.
Fri, May 31, 2013 07:59:00 AM

New Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has already interviewed Warriors assistant GM Travis Schlenk and Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace for Sacramento's general manager position, two people with knowledge of the talks told USA Today's Sam Amick.

Ranadive, who only took official ownership of the club Tuesday, is wasting little time in reshaping the Kings to match his vision. Current GM Geoff Petrie's contract expires in June and he will not be retained. In addition to hiring a GM, Ranadive is looking to replace Keith Smart as head coach. Ranadive is so interested in Warriors assistant Mike Malone that he might look to hire Malone as coach before naming a new GM, partly to stop the Clippers from hiring Malone first. We'll update as we know more, but it sounds like the remodeling of the Kings could happen quickly.
Source: USA Today
Wed, May 29, 2013 05:29:00 PM

Travis Schlenk, the current assistant GM and director of player personnel for the Warriors, is a potential replacement for Geoff Petrie as GM of the Kings.

Petrie's departure from the franchise is imminent, and the writing has been on the wall for a long time. In addition to Schlenk, Chris Mullin is another candidate expected to draw interest. Mike Malone is reportedly a "leading candidate" to replace Keith Smart as head coach, and although Smart has one year left on his deal, he's not expected to be retained. Vivek Ranadive is looking to pluck from a familiar Warriors' tree. USA Today also has reported that Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace will get a look, while R.C. Buford and Troy Weaver are both out of the mix because Buford is not expected to be interested in leaving the Spurs while the Thunder denied the Kings permission to speak to Weaver.
Wed, May 29, 2013 08:52:00 AM

The NBA's Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the Kings to Vivek Ranadive's Sacramento group Tuesday.

At long last, the Kings have some stability. They'll stay in Sacramento and will soon have a new coach, possibly Warriors assistant Mike Malone. They'll also likely replace GM Geoff Petrie and should get a new arena as soon as 2016. The Maloof brothers are mercifully out the of the NBA. The new ownership group includes Ranadive, TIBCO Software chairman, 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov, former Facebook exec Chris Kelly and the Jacobs family of Qualcomm. Cash should not be an issue.
Tue, May 28, 2013 03:40:00 PM

Sam Amick of USA Today reported Monday that the Kings are looking at replacements for GM Geoff Petrie.

San Antonio Spurs President R.C. Buford, Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, and Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace are in the mix. Former Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway may also receive consideration according to Amick, who adds that this is still an open-ended list. Buford is likely wishful thinking, but the real takeaway here is that the franchise's arrow is quickly pointing up.
Source: USA Today
Mon, May 27, 2013 08:59:00 PM

Vivek Ranadive has Warriors assistant Mike Malone atop his list of candidates to coach the Kings, a source tells Ric Bucher.

This isn't all that surprising considering Ranadive was a minority owner with the Warriors prior to becoming the primary owner of the Kings. Malone is a very hot coaching candidate this summer and has been mentioned in connection with most of the open jobs. Technically, Keith Smart is still the coach but he reportedly is expected to be fired.
Sat, May 25, 2013 09:11:00 AM

Vivek Ranadive said he intends to resolve the front office and coaching situations "very quickly" after the sale officially closes.

Ranadive wants to meet with current coach Keith Smart, but it's been reported that Smart is expected to be shown the door. GM Geoff Petrie's contract expires at the end of June, and that is not expected to be renewed. The Kings could have a totally different look entering next season.
Fri, May 24, 2013 09:44:00 AM

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson announced Friday the deal to sell the Kings to a group led by Vivek Ranadive has been signed.

All that's left now is for the NBA to rubber stamp the deal, which should happen sometime next week. Once that's done, Ranadive's group will begin laying out plans for a new arena in Sacramento and likely part ways with GM Geoff Petrie and coach Keith Smart. Not only are the Kings staying put, but it looks like a new day is dawning in Sacramento.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, May 17, 2013 04:50:00 PM

The Kings are not expected to retain Keith Smart as head coach, according to USA Today.

With a new ownership group coming into place and the Kings facing a challenging future, it's possible Smart's tenure is over in Sacramento. After multiple player complaints about Smart's style and the Kings running an offense that resembled a fifth grade AAU team at times this season, we can't say we'd be surprised to see Smart let go. GM Geoff Petrie is also not expected to be retained, and Mike Malone is reportedly a candidate for the head coach gig.
Source: USA Today
Fri, May 17, 2013 12:26:00 PM

The Maloofs have reached an agreement to sell the Kings to a group led by Vivek Ranadive that will keep the team in Sacramento for a valuation of $535 million.

It seems like an end to a never-ending saga that lasted for most of the season. While the vilified Maloofs get their money in this deal, the NBA is better for having one of the league's worst ownership groups no longer in the mix. Kevin Johnson has been spearheading the movement to keep the Kings and obviously won't be voted out of his position any time soon. The Kings finished at 28-54 last season, but their fans couldn't be happier to have their team remaining in Sacramento.
Source: USA Today
Fri, May 17, 2013 01:09:00 AM

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson isn't worried about snags in finalizing the sale of the Kings to Vivek Ranadive's group.

Johnson, who should get a statue outside of the Kings' proposed new arena for all the work he did in keeping the franchise, said the deal with Ranadive is "done" and should be finalized within the next couple days. Of course, George Maloof reportedly said after Johnson's remarks that there's no deal at this time. The Maloof family also made waves in the last 24 hours about the franchise being worth more than what Ranadive's group is offering based on the last-minute offers from Chris Hansen's group. The bottom line is that after Wednesday's BOG vote, the Kings are nearly a lock to be sold from the Maloofs to Ranadive and any statement to the contrary by the Maloofs at this point is simply posturing. Make sure to follow Rotoworld's Aaron Bruski as this saga inches toward a close.
Thu, May 16, 2013 05:07:00 PM

Updating a previous item, David Stern confirmed that the NBA's Board of Governors has officially voted down the proposed relocation of the Kings to Seattle.

The long, drawn-out Seattle saga is finally over -- at least with the Kings, who will remain in Sacramento and likely be sold to a group headed by Vivek Ranadive. Stern said the league will talk to the Maloof family within the next 48 hours about selling the team to Ranadive's group. Stern also said there are no plans to expand and put a franchise in Seattle at this time and the league would wait to re-open those talks until the next round of TV negotiations. The NBA's relocation committee previously recommended against relocating the Kings' move during an April meeting.
Wed, May 15, 2013 06:00:00 PM

The Maloof family has reportedly struck a "backup" agreement to sell 20 percent of their majority stake in the Kings to the group of Seattle-based investors led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer.

The NBA recommended against relocation to Seattle and the ESPN report is incorrect in its assertion that the NBA is reconsidering their earlier position on Sacramento's bid, and also that the NBA is concerned about Sacramento's arena plan. Sources tell Rotoworld that for all the bluster coming out of Seattle or Seattle-friendly media, Sacramento is still the favorite to keep their team.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, May 11, 2013 08:07:00 PM

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