Longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein tweeted the Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in Donovan as a candidate to replace Rick Aldeman.
Donovan recently signed a contract extension that will pay him an average of $3.7 million through 2019, but is a hot commodity following the Gators' fourth trip to the Final Four.
“When you say a lifer, that means to me I'm never, ever going to go anywhere else,” Donovan said. “Who knows? … I don't have a crystal ball. … They may get sick of me at Florida and want me to move on. But I don't like coming out making bold predictions or statements. I would say right now, I'm happy with my life at the University of Florida.”
But Donovan, 48, was primarily asked about one day coaching the New York Knicks, his favorite team as a boy growing up in Long Island. The T'Wolves are a small-market franchise on the verge of losing star player Kevin Love to free agency.
Donovan did coach Minnesota forward Corey Brewer, back for his second stint in the Twin Cities, but have little to sell otherwise beyond a big pile of cash.
Donovan, who just wrapped up his 18th season, has lifetime job security and oversees one of the best programs in the nation. He and his family have deep ties to Gaineville.
While anything can happen, this one does not make a lot of sense, though the T'Wolves certainly could reach out to Donovan to gauge his interest.
Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg also were mentioned as college coaches on Minnesota's radar. Hoiberg is a 10-year NBA veteran who once worked in the T'Wolves' front office, or in other words a candidate that makes sense, unlike Donovan.
The gambling Web site Bovada.com gives Donovan, Izzo and Hoiberg 4:1 to end up in Minnesota. Former T'Wolves coach Flip Saunders is 3:2, former NBA coaches Lionel Hollins and Jeff Van Gundy are 5:1, while Stan Van Gundy is 14:1.