Report: Kevin Ollie Hasn’t Ruled out Coaching in the NBA, Will Listen to Lakers

After taking home college basketball's biggest prize in just his second season as a head coach, UConn's Kevin Ollie—a former NBA player—could already be thinking of a return to the league. The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be calling.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina, Ollie likes his current situation, but would potentially be open to the right pro situation.

“He’ll listen, but he’s real committed to his alma mater,” Medina's source said.

The Lakers' job opened up earlier in the week after Mike D'Antoni resigned with a year left on his contract. According to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan, Ollie is on the team's star-studded laundry list of potential candidates:

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Ollie is in the midst of contract extension talks with UConn, but is willing to field offers from NBA teams:

University of Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie has started discussions on a new contract with school officials, but hasn't ruled out listening to NBA overtures, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Fresh off his masterful national championship coaching run this spring, Ollie is a consideration for the Los Angeles Lakers and is expected to move onto short lists as more NBA teams make coaching changes, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

So far, no NBA teams have reached out to make formal contact with Ollie, sources said.

Both Medina and Wojnarowski referenced Ollie's Southern California roots in relation to the Lakers job. The 41-year-old Ollie was raised in L.A. and graduated from Crenshaw High School.

The Lakers, never ones to shy away from flashy acquisitions, may see Ollie as a potential gateway to Kevin Durant. Durant will hit unrestricted free agency in 2016 and has noted Ollie as one of his favorite prior teammates. The two were paired on the 2009...

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