According to USA Today, The Oklahoma City Thunder and former Florida Head Coach 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. The deal is for five years.
Donovan has been Thunder’s general manager Sam Presti’s main target to replace Scott Brooks, who the Thunder dismissed last week.
” When we began the process of identifying the next head coach of the Thunder, we started with a vision and the identifiable qualities that we felt were necessary for our organization as well as the ever evolving role of the head coach in today’s NBA,” Presti said in a statement. “We wanted to identify a person with the traits associated with high achieving leaders in their respective fields; a continuous learning mentality, the ability to adapt, evolve and innovate, intrinsically motivated, humility, and great tactical competence.
“While we created a comprehensive analysis regarding the qualities we were looking for, it became quite evident that Billy was the ideal fit for the Thunder as we look to transition our team into the future.”