Oklahoma City to Name Florida’s Billy Donovan as New Head Coach
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A person familiar with the situation says Florida coach Billy Donovan has agreed to become the Oklahoma City Thunder’s next coach.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither side has announced the agreement.
The person says Donovan and Thunder general manager Sam Presti agreed to the major points of a long-term contract and expect it to be finalized later Thursday.
Donovan replaces Scott Brooks, who was fired last week.
The 49-year-old Donovan led Florida to two national championships, four Final Fours, seven Elite Eights and 14 NCAA Tournament berths. He signed a one-year contract extension in December that would have paid him an average salary of $4 million through 2020.
Donovan inherits an NBA team led by stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
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