Sydney Kings coach Will Weaver contending for Oklahoma City Thunder job

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Sydney Kings head coach Will Weaver is currently in quarantine in Oklahoma City as he continues to emerge as a candidate for the Thunder's vacant head-coaching position, sources have told ESPN.

The Thunder parted ways with Billy Donovan after five seasons, leaving them without a head coach as NBA free agency nears. Weaver is among those the franchise has interest in for the position.

The Sydney Kings confirmed on Friday that Weaver was granted permission to travel to the United States to pursue NBA opportunities.

"Will has kept us informed in an ongoing basis in regards to the recent discussions he has been involved in," Kings chairman and owner Paul Smith said.

"We support Will in this process. It is implicit to our vision for the Sydney Kings, a club that helps ambitious people move forward in their careers. Be it a player, coach or a member of our management team, my greatest thrill is seeing people achieve their ambitions."

Weaver was strongly considered for the New Orleans Pelicans' head-coaching vacancy before Stan Van Gundy signed a four-year deal to lead the team.

Weaver, 36, was the runner-up for the National Basketball League's Coach of the Year award after leading the Kings to a league-best 20-8 record. The Kings would end up withdrawing from the 2020 Grand Final series against the Perth Wildcats in March amid concerns about COVID-19.

Weaver is held in high esteem among the NBA community, having served as a special assistant to Brett Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers and having held the same position under Kenny Atkinson with the Brooklyn Nets. Weaver was the head coach of the Long Island Nets, the Brooklyn's G League affiliate, before assuming his role as head coach of the Kings.

Weaver, a Texas native, has been part of the Australian Boomers' coaching staff since 2014.

Brian Windhorst contributed to the reporting in this story.