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Billy Donovan Expects to Return in 2019-20

Billy Donovan Expects to Return in 2019-20

OKLAHOMA CITY — Billy Donovan took to the podium during Thunder exit interviews with his future somewhat in question. After losing in five games to the Portland Trailblazers, Donovan’s stock is at an all-time low in his four-year NBA coaching career.

Back in December, Oklahoma City picked up the option on his contract for the 2019-20 season. Next year, if he returns, will be the fifth year as the head coach of the Thunder.

Donovan said that he expects to return.

“To me it’s like business as usual.” Donovan said today. “Sam (Presti) and I had a chance to visit on the plane the other day coming back, just talking about the next couple days and getting together. So I’m sure him and I will be able to sit down once all this slows down and we can talk in more detail.”

Donovan ranks fourth in wins with the same team over the last four seasons behind Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich and Brad Stevens.

In his four years, Donovan is 199-129 in the regular season. His postseason record is 15-19 with his last three seasons resulting in first round exits. During his first year in 2015-16, the Thunder reached the Western Conference Finals before losing in Game 7 to the Golden State Warriors.

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Brady has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2016. University of Oklahoma alum class of 2014. He has worked for the Franchise since April 2018. Brady co-hosts the OKC-82 Podcast and the Inside OU podcast, part of the Franchise Podcast Network. He also hosts the Locked On Thunder Podcast, part of the Locked On Podcast Network. You can hear Brady on Saturdays after football season from 10am-12 on the Franchise Thunder Insider's Show with Jerry Ramsey, Jon Hamm and Madysson Morris.

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