Apr 21, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT
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.
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