Report: Sixers interested in Billy Donovan as new head coach

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The Sixers have interests in Billy Donovan as their next head coach, according to a report from The Ringer.

The report came just minutes after news broke that Donovan would be parting ways with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Donovan was with the Thunder for five seasons, finishing with a record of 243-157. He coached the Thunder to the playoffs each of the five seasons, finishing with a record of 18-23.

Donovan coached Sixers center Al Hoford during Horford’s days in college at Florida.

Donovan would be an interesting candidate for the Sixers, as he is playoff tested with plenty of experience, and could be viewed as a win-now hire by the team. Bringing in Donovan could also potentially increase the Sixers chances of landing Chris Paul, who is likely to be traded by the Thunder.

In addition to Donovan, the Sixers have also been linked to Tyron Lue and Jay Wright, although Wright has publicly expressed he will not be taking the job.

The Sixers have been in the market for a head coach since firing Brett Brown last month, ending his seven-year stint with the team.