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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Billy Donovan have agreed to a contract that will make him the next Thunder coach, a person familiar with negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal.

Donovan has been Thunder general manager Sam Presti’s main target to replace Scott Brooks, who the Thunder dismissed last week.

Donovan has expressed that the NBA intrigues because it’s basketball 24/7, free from the micromanaging required to run a college program, and Donovan’s friend and former coach, Rick Pitino, recently said Donovan has a strong desire to coach in the NBA.

 

Donovan has been the coach at the University of Florida for 19 years, and his teams won two national championships and made four Final Four appearances.

He has a record of 502-206 at Florida and Marshall

 

Contributing: Steve Berkowitz

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