Caron Butler invested nearly two decades trying to make it back to the Miami Heat after he was handled 2003 to the Los Angeles Lakers for Shaquille O’Neal.

There now, once again, is a front-row seat with the Heat for the group’s 2002 first-round choice.

Butler validated Friday to the Sun Guard that he has consented to sign up with Erik Spoelstra’s training staff, replacing assistant coach Dan Craig, who departed to sign up with the new staff of Tyronn Lue with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Butler, 40, signs up with fellow previous Heat gamers Chris Quinn, Malik Allen and Anthony Carter on Spoelstra’s staff, which also includes Octavio De La Grana.

” Honestly, I simply felt like it was my calling,” Butler informed the Sun Sentinel. “When Coach Spo had actually connected, he connected at a time that I was contemplating what was going to be my next thing.”

The relocation to Butler continues the revamping of Spoelstra’s personnel, with Juwan Howard leaving prior to the 2019-20 season to become coach at the University of Michigan and David Fizdale previously delegating end up being coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and after that the New York City Knicks.

Given that leaving the NBA in 2016 after a 14-season profession that consisted of stops with the Heat, Lakers, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings, Butler proceeded to numerous entrepreneurial interests in addition to a broadcasting profession with Turner Sports.

” I always had a relationship with the Miami Heat organization, from Pat Riley, Spo,” said Butler, prepared No. 10 out of Connecticut in 2002. “However many of all, I constantly wished to be on the sidelines.”

Butler formerly had actually auditioned for the group’s tv commentary job that went to John Crotty at the start of the 2018-19 season.

In the interim, he remained in contact with Spoelstra.