Saga Reportedly Over

The saga that began last Thursday appears to be over. According to an ESPN report, Billy Donovan and the Orlando Magic have agreed to terms allowing Donovan out of the five-year, $27.5 million deal signed last week.

According to the report, Donovan and the Magic agreed to a clause that would keep him from signing on with another NBA team for the next five years. It was a clause Donovan reportedly wanted in the deal.

The clause sends a clear message from Donovan to the University of Florida, his players, recruits and Gator fans on his long-term commitment to the program. Since winning the second of back-to-back national championships back in April, Donovan has considered and turned down offers from the University of Kentucky and the NBA's Memphis Grizzles, as well as the Magic. It should quiet any questions regarding Donovan's future loyalty to the Gators.

The situation with the Magic began last Thursday when it was learned that Donovan agreed to terms with Orlando. The Magic officially introduced Donovan as their coach on Friday during a press conference in Orlando. Donovan then returned to Gainesville for a press conference on campus Friday afternoon.

Florida was expected to meet with former Gator assistant and current Virginia Commonwealth coach Anthony Grant on Saturday, but instead Donovan began having second thoughts about accepting the job.

On Sunday night, a decision by Donovan was made to attempt to opt out of the Magic deal and return to Florida. The Magic released a statement on Monday morning, saying they were still trying to retain Donovan, but Tuesday night's reported agreement should put an end to the situation.

Reports out of Orlando now say the Magic have offered the position to former Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy resigned as the Heat's coach in December of 2005, citing personal reasons.


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