NBA teams contact Donovan

With the success Florida has experienced in recent years under Billy Donovan, it was only a matter of time before the phone started to ring from NBA teams. It happened multiple times this offseason.

Donovan didn't want to have an extended conversation about it or disclose which NBA teams he spoke to, but he did admit on Thursday morning that the conversations have occurred this offseason.

"I will say this -- I have spoken to a couple NBA teams, and that's all I'm going to say," Billy Donovan said.

An ESPN report early in the offseason linked the Minnesota Timberwolves as a team targeting the Florida coach. With All-Star big man Kevin Love hitting free agency after this coming season, the team wanted to make a splash hire that knew how to utilize a stretch four and entice Love to stay.

None of the talks were serious, and Donovan said on Thursday that he will be in Gainesville for the 2014-15 season.

"It's always flattering, but at the same time, I've always said that I'm very happy here and like it here," Donovan said. "(Athletic director Jeremy Foley) has been great here.

"I fully plan on being back next season."

Donovan wasn't disrespectful in his tone with trying to avoid talking about it. He has been through similar experiences during the short time when he accepted the job to become the head coach for the Orlando Magic and didn't want to feel like his words were spun or misinterpreted.

"All I did was get a few calls from a few NBA teams," Donovan said. "I'm just going to leave it at that. After the Orlando situation, that's all I'm saying. I'm not going to get into it with the, ‘he's lying, he's not being truthful.' I got a couple calls, that's all it is."

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