Florida’s Billy Donovan hired to coach Oklahoma City Thunder

FILE- In this March 13, 2015, file photo, Florida head coach Billy Donovan speaks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarter final round of the Southeastern Conference tournament against Kentucky in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Oklahoma City Thunder have hired Florida’s Billy Donovan as their new coach.

The Thunder made the announcement Thursday.

The 49-year-old Donovan led Florida to two national championships, four Final Fours, seven Elite Eights and 14 NCAA Tournament berths in 19 years. He signed a one-year contract extension with the Gators in December that would have paid him an average salary of $4 million through 2020.

But, eight years after leaving Florida to coach the Orlando Magic and then changing his mind the following day, Donovan is back in the NBA.

Donovan inherits a team with 2013-14 MVP Kevin Durant and 2014-15 scoring champion Russell Westbrook.

He replaces Scott Brooks, who was fired last week.

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