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Anthony Carter joins Heat's D-League staff; De La Grana rejoins Heat staff as assistant

Former NBA point guard Anthony Carter, who began his career with the Heat and hit the game-winning shot in Miami's Game 3 victory over the New York Knicks in the 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals, has joined the Heat's NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

Carter, who spent 14 seasons in the NBA with six different teams including his first four with the Heat, joins the Skyforce coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings during the 2015-16 season. Prior to his time with the Kings, Carter was an assistant coach for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League for two seasons, helping them to a 32-18 record in his second season with the team, good enough for first place in their division.

Carter will serve under Nevada Smith, who takes over as head coach of the Skyforce for Dan Craig. Smith formerly served as the head coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he led the team to an overall record of 57-43 in two seasons spanning from 2013-15. 

Spoelstra's new assistants this coming season -- replacing Keith Smart and David Fizdale (Memphis Grizzlies) -- will be Craig and Octavio De La Grana, who served as a Craig assistant last year with the Skyforce.

Juwan Howard and Chris Quinn were on the staff last season. De La Grana is entering his 11th season with the Heat having previously served as coach at Florida Christian and Westminster Christian High Schools in Miami.




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