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Billy Donovan and the Thunder have “mutually agreed to phase tactics,” the franchise introduced Tuesday night time. 

Donovan’s contract expired on the finish of the season because the Thunder fell to the Rockets within the first around of the playoffs. 

“We had deliberate to sit down down on the finish of the season and speak about the easiest way to transport ahead for either one of us,” Thunder basic supervisor Sam Presti stated in a remark. “After the ones discussions, it turned into obvious that we couldn’t supply him the ideas at the long term route of the staff over the following a number of seasons to offer him the extent of readability that he understandably needs at this degree of his profession. 

“Due to this fact, we shut this bankruptcy and replicate fondly on all that he has given to the staff, group and neighborhood. Billy will all the time have a spot within the Thunder circle of relatives.” 

Billy Donovan compiled a 243-157 report in 5 seasons as Thunder trainer. (Photograph: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports activities)

Donovan’s departure, and Presti’s remark, indicators a brand new technology for the group. After surpassing expectancies this season, a rebuild may well be underway subsequent season. 

Veterans like Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder and Steven Adams stay at the roster, however their futures with the group are unsure. Danilo Gallinari is about to go into loose company. 

Donovan went 243-157 in 5 seasons because the Thunder’s trainer. He used to be named head trainer April 30, 2015 after 19 years at Florida.

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“Training the Oklahoma Town Thunder the previous 5 seasons has been an ideal honor, and I thank Mr. Bennett, Sam and all of the group for the chance,” Donovan stated in a remark. “I’ve an ideal admire and admiration for the avid gamers I coached in Oklahoma, and I additionally need to thank the coaches I labored with, who gave incredible time and experience to our commonplace objective.

“Finally, I need to thank the Oklahoma Town neighborhood for being so welcoming to my circle of relatives all the way through our time right here. This position will all the time be particular to us. I can all the time cling this group within the best possible regard and need the Thunder and their lovers the luck they deserve.” 

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