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Billy Donovan will not return to the Oklahoma City Thunder next season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Donovan’s contract as coach of the Thunder expired after the 2019-20 season, and the two sides have decided not to pursue an extension. 

The Thunder hired Donovan away from the University of Florida in 2015 after moving on from Scott Brooks. He led them to within one game of the 2016 NBA Finals, but after Kevin Durant left that summer, the team was forced to take a step back. They jumped back into contention with the acquisition of Paul George, but after he and Russell Westbrook were traded this offseason, the Thunder were destined for a rebuild. They put it off for a year as Donovan, who finished third in Coach of the Year voting, led Oklahoma City on a surprising run to the playoffs, but now, the Thunder appear destined to move in a different organizational direction. 

Donovan will be a candidate for other open jobs around the NBA, according to Wojnarowski. He could also return to the college game where he made his name. 

CBS Sports will update this story as it develops. 


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