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Billy Donovan will be Oklahoma City Thunder’s next coach, leaving Florida

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UPDATE 2:36 P.M.

The Thunder has made it official.

Donovan also has released a statement:


Florida’s Billy Donovan will become the new coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after a deal reportedly was reached Thursday afternoon.

Yahoo Sports’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Pat Forde reported the Thunder inked a five-year deal with Donovan, 49, who emerged on Wednesday as the top candidate for the position.

Donovan, who coached Florida to two national championships, replaces Scott Brooks, who the team fired last week.


[T]he Thunder is betting on Donovan fitting in with the team’s culture and, more importantly, building on that culture and pushing the franchise to an elusive first championship.
It’s a substantial gamble for a franchise that faces an uncertain future with (Kevin) Durant, who will be highly sought after as an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season. (Russell) Westbrook and (Serge) Ibaka will be unrestricted free agents a year later, in July 2017.

This post will be updated with more information.