Billy Donovan to the NBA is a storyline that seems to pop up every college basketball offseason. It’s the middle of April – the 2014-15 season has been done for more than a week – so here we are again.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Florida coach could emerge as a serious candidate to replace the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Scott Brooks, if he were to be fired.
Donovan, 49, has a “long-standing friendship” Thunder general manager Sam Presti.
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— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 16, 2015
From the report:
If a change comes, University of Florida coach Billy Donovan could emerge as a serious candidate to coach Oklahoma City, league sources said. Presti has a longstanding friendship with Donovan, a two-time national championship coach who has been open about his interest in moving to the NBA.
Donovan has been leading the Gators’ program since 1996. In 2007, he was hired to become the Orlando Magic’s head coach, but had second thoughts after accepting the offer and went back to Florida.
Florida went 16-17, 8-10 in the SEC last season.