May 28, 2014 10:50 AM EDT
Billy Donovan Coaching Rumors: Florida Coach Not Promising He'll Return to Gators' Sideline, Listening to NBA Offers
Billy Donovan is not making any promises, nor is he breaking them, that is why he could not guarantee where he will be coaching next season.
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According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that could very well be in Cleveland, coaching Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins for the Cavaliers. In short, Donovan does not want a repeat of 2007 when he "reportedly" accepted the coaching job of the Orlando Magic then awkwardly rescinded and returned to Florida.
That year, he was coming two consecutive NCAA Men's basketball championships and this year Donovan led the Gators to a Final Four appearance. He has also coached the Gators to four SEC Tournament Championships and six regular season conference titles.
Fox Sports' Sam Amico reported on Twitter Wiggins seemed like the favorite for the Cavs to take with the first overall selection. That has to be one of the "intriguing" factors Donovan spoke of at the SEC's annual spring meetings.
Sounding as if Joel Embiid basically out of running for No. 1 pick. Sources say #Cavs' extremely leery of potential for longterm back issues
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) May 23, 2014
"All I can say is I love Florida, I'm happy here... the school's been great to me," he told the Associated Press. "But at the same point, some of the NBA stuff, as I've said before, is intriguing in a lot of ways - the basketball part of it. That's not to say that I'm unhappy here; that's not the case at all."
Florida's athletic director Jeremy Foley confirmed to the CPD the Cavs contacted Donovan about their vacant coaching position. However, the team did not ask permission to formally conduct an interview.
Donovan told the AP the Cavaliers are not the only team who has him on their radar.
"I think when you start making guarantees about life and start making guarantees about where you're going to be, that's not good because if for some reason I ever change my mind and did something, I wouldn't want (people) saying, 'Well, he promised, he guaranteed, he said this on record,'" Donovan said. "I just think when you start doing that, that's a mistake."
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Adding to the Cavaliers' potential interest in Donovan could well be Joakim Noah's free agency after the 2015-2016 regular season. Donovan coached Noah at Florida when the team won back-to-back national titles and the Cavs could attract the All-Star center to Cleveland by hiring his former college coach.