The Oklahoma City Thunder and head coach Billy Donovan are parting ways after the two sides chose not to negotiate a contract extension, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Donovan, whose contract expired at the end of the season, was a finalist for coach of the year after leading the Thunder to fifth place in the Western Conference with a 44-28 record. The Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs by the Houston Rockets in seven games in the opening round.
Wojnarowski adds that the Thunder will begin transitioning into a rebuild which “made it a challenge for the two sides’ to find a way to continue forward together.”
The Thunder originally hired Donovan ahead of the 2015-16 season and he led the team to the playoffs in all five of his seasons in charge, including the Western Conference Final in his first season. In all, he posted a 243-157 regular season record with the Thunder.
In addition to the Thunder, the Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans currently have openings for a head coach.