The Oklahoma City Thunder and head coach Billy Donovan agreed to mutually part ways on Tuesday, and it did not take long for multiple suitors to emerge.
Both the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers are believed to have interest in Donovan as their next head coach, according to multiple reports.
The Bulls have recently completed their first round of interviews, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but Donovan is obviously an intriguing new option to hit the market and will be in demand.
The 50-year-old spent the last five seasons at the helm in Oklahoma City, going 243-157, and was the National Basketball Coach’s Association’s Co-Coach of the Year – along with Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer – for the 2019-20 season.
He reached the playoffs each season with the Thunder and took them to the Western Conference Finals in his first year when he had both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the roster.
The Bulls fired Jim Boylen after two seasons back in August, while the Sixers fired Brett Brown after seven seasons following a first-round playoff ouster against the Boston Celtics.
The New Orleans Pelicans and Indiana Pacers are also teams with coaching vacancies that could express interest in Donovan.