Keith Smart will join the Knicks' coaching staff as David Fizdale's top assistant, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Smart worked with Fizdale in Miami then followed him to Memphis when he was head coach of the Grizzlies.
The 53-year-old entered coaching in 1997 immediately following his playing career, briefly in the NBA but mostly abroad. His first coaching gig in the NBA was as an assistant with the Cavaliers from 2000-03.
Smart was named interim head coach of the Cavs in 2003, where he went 9-31. His next chance in the top seat on the bench was with the Warriors in 2010-11, when he went 36-46. He was fired after the end of the season.
After Golden State, he was appointed head coach of the Kings for a year and a half, going 48-93. After Sacremento let him go, he joined the Heat as an assistant.
Someone who will not be joining Fizdale and Smart in New York is Nick Van Exel.
Despite reports indicating the Knicks were expected to hire Van Exel as an assistant on Fizdale's staff, Van Exel tweeted that won't be the case.
The 46-year-old Van Exel was an assistant under Fizdale with the Grizzlies as well and has been with Memphis since June 2016. Van Exel previously coached a D-League team and was an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2013-14 season.