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Report: Billy Donovan a Timberwolves coaching candidate

Apr 21, 2014, 1:59 PM EST

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Tom Izzo, Fred Hoiberg and Stan Van Gundy appeared as coaching targets of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and with Rick Adelman officially retiring, a new name has emerged.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Has enough time passed since 2007? That’s when the Orlando Magic hired Donovan only to see him return to Florida days later.

The parting agreement reportedly included a no-compete clause that kept Donovan from coaching in the NBA for five years, and that would have expired. But the bitter feelings haven’t necessarily. NBA teams won’t want to pursue a coach they fear is jerking them around.

Donovan has been remarkably successful at Florida, though. He’s led the Gators to four straight Elite Eights, and they have a 486-189 (.720) record under his watch. His demeanor seems relatively translatable to the NBA, too.

In many ways, he makes sense as a candidate for this job, but if he wants it, his chief task will be convincing Minnesota he’s serious about leaving Florida this time.

  1. sportsfan18 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Really? After 7 yrs…

    What about Auburn hiring Bruce Pearl on the heels of a show cause by the NCAA?

    Actually, Pearl’s show cause does NOT end until August 23rd of this year, 2014.

    He is still UNDER a show cause and he has been hired by Auburn…

    But let’s worry about a coach who changed his mind 7 yrs ago and has run a clean program…

    Yeah, I think more than enough time has gone by…

  2. shackdelrio - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Not a chance he leaves Florida for the Timberwolves.

  3. ryanrockzzz - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Why would anyone want to coach this team, especially with a gravy job like coaching in Florida. I’m sure Donovan will want to go to Minnesota and coach a team with the worst shooting PG in the league, limited wing players, and a star who’s going to leave. Nahhhh….

  4. thekingdave - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Bar graph needed or else this just isn’t true

  5. chunkala - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    He should have been permanently blacklisted from the NBA.
    Or the no-compete should have been for 20 years not just 7.

    • dondada10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      5.

  6. mackcarrington - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Some coaches may get tired of the recruiting process, the expectations of parents, the limits placed by the NCAA. And once he gets on the NBA coaching wheel, even if the T-Wolves job doesn’t work out, he would always be in the mix for any vacancy.

  7. csbanter - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    So he’ll accept the job and think about it like he did with the Magic. Been there and done that. Leave him in Florida. The T-Wolves can do a better job. How about George Karl he only has 1,000 plus NBA wins, not much on his resume though.

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      I actually think Geoge Karl’s style of play would be a nice lil fit for MN

  8. realfootballfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Yea, that would be a good hire, if he even would take the job without backing out. For anyone thinking this is serious, I’m joking.

  9. jcmeyer10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    I know the NCAA is nice but I imagine recruiting can take a toll. There is really no offseason. You play the season then kiss some buns for the next crop of kids then get ready for the next season.

  10. peopletrains - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Would love to see since Donovan is a good guy and great coach. But I can’t see him leaving college.

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