Report: Billy Donovan’s Name ‘Floating Around’ as Potential Sixers Coaching Candidate.
After seven years the Sixers fired head coach Brett Brown back on Aug. 24 with two years remaining on his contract.
Former Cleveland head coach Ty Lue's name came up as a leading candidate for the position, as both sides were reported to have strong interest in one another. Lue of course won a NBA title with LeBron James, is said to be asking for between $5-to-$7 million annually.
Remember the Sixers till must pay Brown $10 million over the next two seasons.
On Tuesday night, another prominent coach became a free agent, when Oklahoma City head coach Billy Donovan and the Thunder agreed to part ways after five seasons.
According to Kevin O'Connor of the Ringer, Donovan's name has been 'floating around' as a potential Sixers head coaching candidate.
Donovan has had plenty of success, but was never able to help get the Thunder over the hump, going 243-157 in 400 games. He went just 18-23 in the playoffs, and won a career best 55 games in his first season, taking OKC to the Western Conference Finals.
The Thunder would cough up a 3-1 series lead to the Golden State Warriors, and Kevin Durant would part ways with Oklahoma City for Golden State. Without Durant, the Thunder were still a competitive team with Russell Westbrook, but never won 50 games again.
With Donovan out in OKC, the Thunder could elect to move on from Chris Paul, who is set to earn $41 million next year and then a $44 million with his player option the following year.
Donovan was also Al Horford's coach while at the University of Florida.