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NBA team pursuing Ollie

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An undisclosed NBA team is pursuing University of Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie, who wants a deal larger than the one Steve Kerr got to coach the Golden State Warriors, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Ollie, a former NBA point guard who guided UConn to the NCAA championship this year, reportedly wants more than five years and $25 million to make the coaching jump to the NBA.

According to multiple reports, the Los Angeles Lakers are not the team pursuing Ollie, though they have previously been rumored to be interested in him.

The Warriors named Kerr as their new coach earlier this week and gave him a five-year, $25 million deal, despite having no coaching experience. According to the Beacon Journal, Ollie wants more than that because of his experience and success coaching the Huskies.

The undisclosed NBA team has reportedly reached out to Ollie for an interview for its vacant head coaching job.

Ollie has said he wants to stay at UConn but also has interest in coaching in the NBA. He is in the process of renegotiating his contract at UConn, which runs through the 2017-18 season.

UConn’s contract offer, per season, is reportedly about twice the $1.25 million he made last season.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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