ESPNBilly Donovan has agreed to a multi-year deal to be the next coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Andy Katz on Thursday. Donovan, a two-time NCAA title winner with the Florida Gators, will replace the ousted Scott Brooks. An official announcement is likely to come as soon as Thursday or Friday, a source told ESPN.com. The Thunder job would technically be Donovan’s second in the NBA, but he has never coached a game in the league. He agreed to become theOrlando Magic‘s coach in 2007 after back-to-back titles with the Gators, only to reverse course days later and ask out of his Orlando contract.
Billy Donovan is a great hire for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Oklahoma City Thunder could not be a better situation for Billy Donovan, because he gets to coach a team that should be advancing in the NBA playoffs right now had it not been for injuries. This season, reigning MVP Kevin Durant only played in 27 games, while Russell Westbrook missed 15 games and Serge Ibaka missed 18 games, and the team narrowly missed the postseason. The Oklahoma City Thunder need to decide what the future holds for Kevin Durant, who becomes a free agent in the summer of 2016, but the first NBA team he will coach in the 2015-2016 season should be an instant contender.