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#pounditFriday, July 1, 2022

Bradley Beal: I think Billy Donovan is ‘definitely’ headed to NBA

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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal knows Billy Donovan better than most people. Considering Beal played under Donovan at Florida during the 2011-2012 season, you might be inclined to listen to his opinion on whether Donovan will leave the Gators for the NBA.

During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” this week, Beal said he believes Donovan will “definitely” make the leap to the pros.

“I think he’d be great,” Beal said. “I agree with the rumors. I think he’ll definitely leave. He won’t pass that opportunity up too many times.”

Earlier this month, a report indicated that Donovan has a significant amount of interest in taking an NBA job. He has already been linked to the Oklahoma City Thunder job with Scott Brooks reportedly on the hot seat.

From a coaching style standpoint, Beal believes his former coach would find plenty of success in the NBA.

“He loves playing the pick-and-roll. He loves to space the floor, and he gives his players freedom,” Beal said. “I think he’ll excel in the league.”

At this point, it seems like Donovan is less likely to remain at Florida than he is to take an NBA job. He should have no problem securing an offer, and the Thunder job has to have a ton of appeal. If Oklahoma City ended up offering Donovan the position and he was open to leaving Florida, it would be a no-brainer.

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