Keith Smart's tenure in Oakland has run its course.
For better or for worse, the Golden State Warriors opted to forgo bringing back Smart, who both frustrated (with inconsistent rotations) and impressed (improved the club's record by 10 wins) in his one year at the helm.
Whether or not Smart ever had a fair shot in Oakland is entirely debatable. He did not do anything so egregious that the Warriors had to let him go, but he also did not do anything to force the Warriors to keep him on board.
He was, just like his players, decent.
But decent (combined with ties to the previous regime) will not cut it under new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.
Much in line with the hiring of Bob Myers (the Assistant General Manager), this gives Lacob another chance to move the franchise further from the Chris Cohan era and put his fingerprints all over his franchise.
There are coaches on this list who can win now or who can build teams for the future. Naturally, Lacob should be looking for a coach capable of making a postseason run while keeping an eye on the future.
Sounds easy enough, right?
Luckily for Lacob, this year's coaching class gives him plenty of options to get his first major decision in Oakland right.