Donovan Trying to Get out of Orlando Magic Contract

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Billy Donovan's NBA coaching career might end up being a whole lot shorter than his pro playing career - and that didn't last very long.

A person familiar with the negotiations says Donovan is trying to void the five-year, 27-and-a-half-million-dollar contract he signed last week with the Orlando Magic in hopes of returning to the Florida Gators.

Earlier Monday, the Magic said Donovan was "conflicted" about his decision to leave the two-time NCAA champions. The NBA team also said talks were continuing regarding his contract., citing two anonymous sources, first reported Sunday that Donovan was having second thoughts about coaching the Magic and approached both sides about getting out of the deal.

According to one of the sources, the Magic forced Donovan to make a
rash decision.

The Orlando Sentinel reported today that Donovan had been released from his contract with the NBA team, and that the Magic had renewed their search to replace Brian Hill.

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