Caron Butler to be Heat assistant, becoming the latest ex-Wizards player to join coaching r

Chase Hughes
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Former Wizards star Caron Butler to become Heat assistant originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Caron Butler is leaving the broadcast booth to become an assistant coach for the Miami Heat, according to a report by the Associated Press, making him the latest in a long line of former Wizards players to join the coaching ranks.

Butler most recently worked as a member of the media, including as a color commentator for NBC Sports Washington. Now, he will become an assistant for head coach Erik Spoelstra and under team president Pat Riley, whom Butler played for when Riley was coaching the Heat in the early 2000s.

Butler is one of many former Bullets and Wizards players currently serving as coaches in college and the pros. They include head coaches like Tyronn Lue and Juwan Howard, as well as assistants all over the basketball world like Rod Strickland, Darvin Ham, Popeye Jones, Robert Pack, God Shammgod, Mike Miller, Darius Songaila and Juan Dixon.

Butler officially retired as an NBA player in 2018 after 14 seasons. He played with the Wizards from 2005 to 2010 and made two All-Star teams.

In addition to working in the media, Butler has been an active member in the community promoting social justice reform. He has also produced an award-winning documentary.

Now, he will go back to where his professional basketball career began and join a good Heat team that is fresh off an NBA Finals appearance.