The Cleveland Cavaliers missed out on John Calipari earlier this month after he returned to the University of Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean they’re done looking at prospective coaches out of the NCAA ranks.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan is in contact with the Cavaliers about their vacancy, though, questions loom about his desire to leave the Gators for the Cavs.
“Billy Donovan has remained in contact with Cavs, sources say, but no one connected to process believes he has comfort level to make leap.”
Donovan has been at Florida since 1996 and routinely has one of the premier programs in the country, so why he’d want to leave (assuming he’s really open to such) is a bit of an unknown.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Donovan has been potentially interested in an NBA job as he accepted the Orland Magic head coaching position in 2007 though the day following his introductory press conference, Donovan informed Magic ownership he had a change of heart and he returned to the University of Florida, where he’s been since.
It’s possible the Cavaliers could be offering Donovan a similar contract to that of Callipari, whom they offered not only the coaching position but team president as well, though that’s currently unknown.
Whatever the case, it’s not known how serious Donovan is about leaving the Gators in favor of the Cavaliers though Cleveland is going to need to hire a coach soon given the upcoming NBA draft.
There aren’t many available jobs better than that of the Cavaliers, which may be the intriguing sticking point for Donovan.