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Is Billy Donovan Headed to Michigan?

Zachary Low


The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Monday morning that they had hired the University of Michigan’s head coach John Beilein to be the new head coach for the Cavs.

With the vacant head coaching spot at Michigan—a spot that is historically considered as a desirable position—speculation has risen that Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan may be the top prospect for the gig.

Mike DeCourcy, a college hoops writer for the Sporting News, believes that Donovan should be the first call that the Wolverines make.

Donovan has just one more year on his contract with the Thunder, a team option that the franchise picked up back in December. Many were surprised when Donovan was not fired after the Thunder’s third consecutive first-round exit from the playoffs just a few weeks ago, and expectations are that if OKC does not perform well immediately to start the 2019-20 season, he could be gone by Christmas.

Billy Donovan has shown no interest in returning to college hoops after coaching for 18 years at the University of Florida, where he won back-to-back national championships in ’06 and ’07, but with his status as an NBA coach in jeopardy, coaching the Wolverines could be something that lures Donovan away if Michigan AD Warde Manuel comes calling.

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