Donovan Accepts offer to Coach Magic

The day after his 42nd birthday, Billy Donovan received quite a gift: An offer to become the head coach of the Orlando Magic.

According to a pair of sources close to the situation, the Magic offered Donovan a six-year, $36 million contract Wednesday night. Donovan agreed to accept the offer late Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press reported.

The leading candidate to replace Donovan is former Florida assistant coach Anthony Grant, who in his first season at Virginina Commonwealth, led the Rams to a first-round upset over Duke in the NCAA tournament.

If Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley does opt to go with Grant, it's likely that the top recruits Nick Calathes and Chandler Parsons will honor their committments to Florida. However, point guard Jai Lucas, the son of former NBA coach and player John Lucas, could opt to go elsewhere now that Donovan is leaving. Kentucky is considered an option for Lucas.

Donovan is coming off back-to-back national titles with the Gators and was set to sign a lucrative, long-term extension at some point in the next couple weeks.

He had lost nearly his entire team after Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Taurean Green all decided to go pro and sign with agents. Seniors Lee Humphrey and Chris Richard also graduated.

Shortly after winning the second national title in April, Donovan spurned interest from Kentucky to remain in Gainesville.

However, Donovan has never denied the fact that he would be interested in coaching in the NBA. He recently told that he was happy at Florida and would only leave for an ideal situation.

The job in Orlando could be ideal since it's nearby — and the Magic have one of the best young stars in the game in big man Dwight Howard. Orlando will also have some salary cap relief as Grant Hill's contract expires this season.

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