Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Malik Allen has reportedly emerged as a prime contender for the vacant Miami Heat lead assistant role, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Juwan Howard was hired by the University of Michigan this week, so the Heat are looking for a new assistant behind head coach Erik Spoelstra.

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Allen played in the NBA from 2002-2011. He actually began his career with the Heat. The Timberwolves kept Allen from last year's coaching staff after firing a bunch of assistants last week.

The Heat went 39-43 in 2018-19. They missed the playoffs in Dwyane Wade's final season in the NBA. Spoelstra remains one of the best coaches in the league. Howard was an assistant with Miami from 2013-2019. It will be interesting to see if Allen decides to leave the Timberwolves to join Spoelstra's staff on the Heat. Minnesota named interim coach Ryan Saunders as the full-time head coach. Allen was part of Tom Thibodeau's staff. Thibs was fired in January.

With Wade gone, the Heat's roster is now headlined by forward Justise Winslow, guard Josh Richardson, big man Bam Adebayo and point guard Goran Dragic. Center Hassan Whiteside could be traded this summer since he has one of the worst contracts in the league.