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Billy Donovan, New Orlando Magic Coach has cold feet; Wants out of NBA Contract

by Benton Vale on Monday, June 4th, 2007

Billy Donovan, New Orlando Magic Coach has cold feet; Wants out of NBA ContractIt appears that former Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan is having second thoughts about coaching the NBA’S Orlando Magic next season. A source close to Donovan has said he might attempt to get out of his new multi-million dollar contract with the NBA team. At the moment, the Magic are deciding whether or not to release Donovan from his contract. A decision could come early Monday. 

If Donovan returns to coach the Florida Gators , it is likely the Magic would make a move to hire Stan Van Gundy to head the team. Van Gundy said last week prior to the Magic’s hiring of Donovan, he was very interested in taking the Orlando job. Magic President Bob Vander Weide said that he was impressed with Van Gundy. 

During Florida’s second title run it was rumored that Donovan may accept a deal from the University of Kentucky. After winning the National Championship, Donovan declined and said he wanted to work out an extension to stay at Florida. However, in late May, Donovan was offered the Orlando Magic head coaching job. He wavered over the decision for days, and on May 31st, Donovan accepted the deal. Donovan was offered a reported five year deal worth $27.5 million. 

Virginia Commonwealth coach Anthony Grant, a 10 year assistant under Donovan at Florida was expected to soon be named his replacement, released a statement Sunday night saying he has not been offered the Florida job as many had anticipated.

 

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