Chicago Bulls hire Billy Donovan as next head coach


Another top NBA head coach is off the board. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday the Chicago Bulls hired Billy Donovan to become their next head coach. Short after, the Bulls made it official.

Donovan is coming off a terrific season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but both parties mutually parted ways on good terms.  Donovan was named the NBA Coach's Association's Co-Coach of the Year along with Milwaukee's Mike Budenholzer, helping an inexperienced Thunder team surpass expectations. Oklahoma City lost in seven games in the NBA playoffs to the Houston Thunder in the first round. 

He quickly became a hot commodity in the coaching market shortly after parting ways with the Thunder organization, and Wojnarowski reported that the Bulls pursued him heavily. 

In his first five seasons coaching professionally with OKC, Donovan sported a 243-157 record. His Thunder fell in the first round of the postseason the last four seasons. 

That five-year stretch comes after a 19-year college coaching stint with Florida, where he won two national championships and coached Wizards guard Bradley Beal - who showed his public support of the hire on Twitter.