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April 24, 2015 Updates

Kicking the can down the road and sticking with the status quo isn't going to be what ultimately convinces Durant to stay with the Thunder. Being proactive, not reactive, is. Presti showed that mentality this season, dealing two first-round picks in two separate deals to overhaul the roster's depth while also breaking into the luxury tax. The expectation is they will re-sign Enes Kanter this offseason, only deepening their financial commitment. ESPN.com

The roster's construction is only part of it, though, and there was a growing sentiment the team was beginning to plateau under Brooks' direction. Brooks was extremely well-liked in the locker room, but his voice wasn't carrying the same weight as it once did. Player accountability had become an issue, according to sources, with his message resonating less than before. ESPN.com

April 23, 2015 Updates

Marc Stein: Early fave for OKC job clearly Billy Donovan but word in coaching circles is that Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is on Thunder's list Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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



Kevin Durant may end up claiming the No. 1 spot, but for now it belongs to Gary Payton.


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