HoopsHype Billy Donovan rumors


March 21, 2015 Updates

There is a growing sense in NBA coaching circles that Florida's Billy Donovan will give renewed consideration to making a move to the pros after a rough (by his standards) season in Gainesville. Although there is no firm indication yet that the Orlando Magic will pursue Donovan again when they ramp up their coaching search in late April, it's a scenario that's bound to be talked about. ESPN.com

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Billy Donovan won’t guarantee he will be back at Florida next season. Five NBA jobs are currently open — including the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have reportedly shown interest in Donovan, winner of two NCAA titles with the Gators. “I think when you start making guarantees about life and start making guarantees about where you’re going to be, that’s not good because if for some reason I ever change my mind and did something, I wouldn’t want (people) saying, ‘Well, he promised, he guaranteed, he said this on record,’” Donovan said, according to the Associated Press. “I just think when you start doing that, that’s a mistake.” ZagsBlog.com

In February, Donovan got a three-year extension that raised his average salary to $3.7 million over the final six years of the deal, which runs through the 2018-19 season. “All I can say is I love Florida, I’m happy here … the school’s been great to me,” said Donovan, who turns 49 on Friday. “But at the same point, some of the NBA stuff, as I’ve said before, is intriguing in a lot of ways — the basketball part of it. That’s not to say that I’m unhappy here; that’s not the case at all.” ZagsBlog.com

May 27, 2014 Updates

At the SEC Spring Meetings, Donovan explained his reasoning for not guaranteeing he would return for a 19th season. "I think when you start making guarantees about life and start making guarantees about where you're going to be, that's not good," he said. "If for some reason I ever change my mind and did something, I wouldn't want (people) saying, 'Well, he promised, he guaranteed, he said this on record.' I just think when you start doing that, that's a mistake. "I've seen a lot of coaches over the years come out and say, 'No, no, no, no, I'm not going anywere, I'm not going anywhere,' and then all of a sudden they go somewhere and it's like, 'Well, this guy is a complete liar.' I don't want to get into that situation. There's been some teams that have called, but that's really it." Orlando Sentinel

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have contacted Florida coach Billy Donovan about their coaching vacancy, sources told ESPN.com. Donovan said Thursday that several NBA teams had called him about openings in recent days but that he still plans to be with the Gators next season. ESPN.com

"I have spoken to a couple NBA teams, and that's all I'm going to say," Donovan said. "It's always flattering, but at the same time, I've always said that I'm very happy here and like it here." ESPN.com

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Donovan accepted an offer to coach the Magic in 2007, after the Gators’ second consecutive national championship, but reconsidered and stayed at Florida. He again offered diplomatic answers Friday about potentially coaching in the N.B.A. “Who knows? They may get sick of me at Florida and want me to move on,” he said. “But I don’t like coming out and making bold predictions or statements. I would say right now I’m extremely happy with my life right now at the University of Florida.” New York Times

Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was even asked if he thought Donovan would want to coach the Knicks. Pitino was coach of the Knicks from 1987 to 1989 and had Donovan on the roster. Donovan also played for Pitino at Providence. “He would never coach the Knicks,” Pitino said. “I know him. He grew up in New York, but he’s not a New Yorker.” Asked if he was still a Knicks fan, Donovan said: “I love the Knicks. I grew up buying $5 tickets in Madison Square Garden and sneaking my way down as close as I could to the court.” New York Times

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So Silver proposes forcing players to stay in college an extra year, meaning NCAA basketball would be be filled with even more prospective NBA wannabes, who would be forced to go from one-and-done in college to two-and-through. Donovan's stance is he doesn't want the extra year of headaches and distractions that come from players who have no desire to be in college. "College basketball coaches and programs are taking on all the risks," Donovan says. "The kid doesn't want to be in college and wants to be in the NBA, but because of the rules, he has to stay in college. Now you're opening yourself up for potential NCAA violations. … You've got players like Jabari Parker [Duke] or Julius Randle [Kentucky], and there is so much coming at these kids. If a kid takes something he's not supposed to take or he is enticed into something, it's the colleges that are put in harm's way." Orlando Sentinel

December 13, 2012 Updates

Billy Donovan had proven more than loyal in building the Florida men’s basketball program through 17 seasons. But in a candid interview with Dan LeBatard on AM 790 in Miami, Donovan sounded like a coach still with an itch to work in the NBA someday. When asked if he’s ruled out ever coaching in the NBA, Donovan said. “The one thing that I think is always intriguing the older is the fact that (the NBA) is just all about basketball. I love the practices, I love the games, I love doing individual instruction and and breaking down tape and game planning and doing those things. GatorSports.com

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