Donovan says teams have called but he's not interested in NBA

Billy Donovan says 'Thanks, no thanks' to the NBA.. (USATSI)
Billy Donovan says 'Thanks, no thanks' to the NBA. (USATSI)

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Billy Donovan told the Associated Press on Thursday that several NBA teams have contacted him, but he's happy at the University of Florida .

The Cavaliers reportedly reached out to Donovan, according to ESPN. Donovan has been mentioned in rumors with coaching vacancies with the Lakers, Wolves and Pistons.

Donovan last agreed to a deal with the Magic in 2007 before backing out.

ESPN also reports that the Cavs are looking at several college coaches to fill their vacancy after firing Mike Brown:

In addition to Donovan, they have tested the interest of Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, sources said. The Cavs made inquiries about UConn's Kevin Ollie before he agreed to a long-term extension to stay.

The team has been doing research on several former NBA coaches who are currently available including Lionel Hollins, George Karl and Alvin Gentry, sources said. But it appears the Cavs are investigating the college options first.

via Florida Gators coach Billy Donovan spoke to a couple NBA teams - ESPN.

Donovan remains a powerful candidate despite his insistence at staying at Florida ... which can only help negotiations for future contracts and extensions.

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