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Report: Thunder to announce hiring of Billy Donovan

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Florida head coach Billy Donovan stares out at the court during an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey) THE INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR OUT


Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

There was no “unforeseen collapse.”

Yet, at least.

Billy Donovan – eight years after he agreed to coach the Magic and backed out days later – has reportedly agreed to coach the Thunder.

Dean Blevins of OKC-KWTV:

Donovan, assuming he gets past the introductory phases this time, inherits an excellent team. The Thunder are ready to win a title next season, and they’ll need Donovan to adapt quickly to the NBA to do it.

Beyond that, there’s plenty of uncertainty.

Kevin Durant becomes a free agent in 2016 and Russell Westbrook in 2017. How they feel about Donovan is both extremely important and unclear.

Win now, recruit and then win some more. Donovan’s new challenge sounds an awful lot like job at Florida.