July 12, 2011
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Former Warriors head coach Keith Smart has emerged as an assistant coaching candidate for the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources.
Smart, who also has been a head coach in Cleveland, declined to comment on his candidacy in Dallas when reached by telephone on Tuesday afternoon. But Smart indicated that he had not had a formal interview with the Mavericks.
Smart guided the Warriors to a 36-46 record in 2010-11, but two weeks after the season the team announced it would not be picking up the option for 2011-12. Smart replaced Don Nelson in late September -- less than a week before training camp started.Dwane Casey, who had been Dallas' lead assistant under Rick Carlisle, took the Toronto Raptors head coaching position in late July. The Mavericks are also said to be considering Melvin Hunt and Tony Brown.
Hunt was an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets last season after spending the previous five seasons on Mike Brown's staff in Cleveland. Tony Brown last worked as an assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers after stints in Milwaukee and Boston.