The Chicago Bulls have come to agreement with former Oklahoma City Thunder Head Coach Billy Donovan to take over the coaching vacancy in Chicago. Donovan, who led the Thunder the last 5 seasons, was let go shortly after the Thunder’s second round playoff exit against the Houston Rockets. New Bulls executive Arturas Karnisovas, who helped construct the current Denver Nuggets roster, was in heavy pursuit of Donovan.
Welcome our new head coach, Billy Donovan!
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) September 22, 2020
Billy Donovan, 56, has led the Thunder to the playoffs in each of his 5 seasons as coach of the team, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2016. Donovan was named Co-Coach of the Year in the 2019-2020 season by the National Basketball Coach’s Association. Donovan, also led an impressive run by this season’s Thunder, a team that was expected to be in a major rebuild, following the trades of Paul George and Russell Westbrook.
In his NBA coaching career, Donovan is 243-157 (.608), after a successful run as coach of the University of Florida.
Donovan is now tasked with leading a young, yet talented Bulls roster with players like Zach Lavine, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., and Coby White.