Report: Oklahoma City Thunder Part Ways With Head Coach Billy Donovan

Peter Dewey
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The Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly are parting ways with head coach Billy Donovan after five seasons with the team.

Donovan’s contract was up at the end of the 2019-20 season. The Thunder have decided not to pursue an extension and will instead look for the team’s next head coach this offseason.

Donovan was hired prior to the 2015-16 season and led the Thunder to five consecutive playoff appearances.

After trading away Russell Westbrook and Paul George this past offseason, the Thunder seemed destined for a rebuilding year.

However, under Donovan’s leadership, Oklahoma City went 44-28 and made it to Game 7 in its first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets.

Still, the Thunder have not made it past the first round of the playoffs in the past four seasons.

Oklahoma City was 243-157 in the regular season with Donovan as its head coach and 18-23 in the postseason.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.