Billy Donovan Rumors
With pieces like Westbrook and Oladipo to scheme around, contract talks and recruiting weren’t Donovan’s talking points when they spent time together this summer. “We never really talked about any of that stuff,” Donovan said. “My conversations with Russell were always about the team, next season, what we have to do, how we need to play.”
Oladipo has also started to cultivate a relationship with his new coach. Two days after that failed free agency trip to The Hamptons, Billy Donovan went to Orlando for summer league. While there, he met up with Oladipo, who drove him out to a dinner that Oladipo said went “great.” “I’ve known Billy since I’ve been in college actually,” Oladipo said. “He recruited me, but kinda late. So he didn’t get a chance to get me. But when we first talked, he said, ‘I couldn’t get you in college, but I got you now.’ I love his intensity as a coach, love how he builds relationships with players. Love his offenses.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Kevin Durant had been recruiting Horford to OKC, but Horford eliminated OKC with no assurance Durant/Westbrook staying long-term. Thunder could’ve unloaded contracts — including Kanter — to create slot for Horford. Billy Donovan, Durant pitched him. Never went far.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will hire former Orlando Magic assistant coach Adrian Griffin to serve as an assistant on Billy Donovan’s staff, according to league sources.