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April 23, 2015 Updates

Randy Renner: CBS Sports reporting Kevin Ollie has removed himself from consideration for #Thunder job. Looks like Billy Donovan could be the guy Twitter @RandyRenner

April 22, 2015 Updates

All signs point to University of Florida coach Billy Donovan, a longtime friend of Thunder GM Sam Presti who is itching to move to the pros, league sources told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. "He's ready to try the NBA," said one person who has been in contact with Donovan. CBSSports.com

One person who has known Donovan for a few years described him as "tired of recruiting," and said that if he ever made the jump to the NBA, it would have to be a winning situation with a GM he knows and trusts. The Thunder check all those boxes. CBSSports.com

Providence guard Kris Dunn plans to return for his junior season and bypass the NBA draft, league sources told Yahoo Sports. A formal announcement is expected soon, sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Though Ollie has a $5 million buyout, the source said the buyout is “nothing” if the Thunder are committed to landing him. The source said Ollie is “torn because he loves Connecticut, it’s his alma mater, he believes in his ability and he thinks that UConn can be a top program.” ZagsBlog.com

Ollie teamed with Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and remains close with GM Sam Presti. Ollie is considered to be one of the keys to convincing Durant to remain in Oklahoma City after he enters free agency in 2016, although no one can know for certain what Durant’s plans are, the source said. ZagsBlog.com

Donovan recently agreed to a one-year contract extension to stay with the Gators through the 2020 season, according to multiple media reports, but the contract contains a buyout for a mere $500,000 if an NBA opportunity arises. The extension is not regarded as an impediment to Donovan's pursuit of NBA jobs if he wishes. ESPN.com

Donovan's one-year extension at Florida will raise his average salary to slightly more than $4 million annually, according to reports. According to USA Today, only Kentucky's John Calipari, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Kansas' Bill Self, Michigan State's Izzo and Pitino earn more than $4 million per season. ESPN.com

The Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic are the only NBA teams currently employing an interim coach, but sources say both of those clubs plan to have Donovan on their list of targets once they began more expansive coaching searches after completing their respective regular-season schedules in April. Donovan is also likely to be pursued by teams that make changes after the regular season or playoffs. ESPN.com

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