According to ESPN sources Tuesday night, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan will not be returning next season.
The news comes less than a week after the Thunder was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Oklahoma City was not expected to finish with a win total higher than the low 30s, but they proved plenty of people wrong as they finished 5th in the Western Conference, tied with the 4th-place Houston Rockets.
Donovan finishes his career with the Thunder with a 243-157 record in the regular season, but just an 18-23 record in the playoffs. He was also voted 2019-20 NBA Co-Coach of the year by his fellow head coaches in the league. Despite his departure, he will no doubt be a highly-sought after coaching candidate elsewhere in the NBA.
With a roster full of young talent and a war chest of future draft picks, the coaching job in Oklahoma City should be considered a favorable one, so the Thunder should have no problem finding a suitable replacement.
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