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January 6, 2012
The Morning After: How Keith Smart did not end up in Dallas

Keith Smart knew he'd be on a coaching staff once the NBA lockout ended.

Smart didn't think it would be with the Kings.

Smart's plan during the lockout was to accept a position on Rick Carlisle's staff with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavericks were going to wait until the lockout ended before signing Smart. While waiting for the lockout to end, Smart received a phone from Kings general manager Wayne Cooper.

Cooper asked if Smart had a job lined up for this season. Smart told Cooper he'd committed to the Mavericks, but would not sign a contract until the end of the NBA lockout.

After meeting with Smart in the Bay Area, the Kings signed him as an assistant coach on Westphal's staff in November.

Smart is now the head coach after Paul Westphal was fired Thursday. The Kings have an option on his contract for next season.

If the Kings had not committed to Smart during the lockout, there's no telling how the Kings would have acted to replace Westphal.

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