Source: Kevin Ollie mulling UConn contract offer amid NBA interest

Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie runs practice for the team’s NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Friday, April 4, 2014, in Dallas. Connecticut plays Florida on Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie runs practice for the team’s NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Friday, April 4, 2014, in Dallas. Connecticut plays Florida on Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

CHICAGO – Kevin Ollie might take an NBA head-coaching position, but it might not be with the Lakers.

An undisclosed NBA team not named the Lakers reached out to Ollie about interviewing for its vacant head coaching position, leaving the UConn coach mulling over the team’s latest extension offer, according to a league source familiar with the situation.

“A team has come at him hard. It’s going to be interesting,” the source said. “He’s always preferred UConn. But he may have a decision to make.”

Ollie’s current contract runs through the 2017-18 season, but both Ollie and the Huskies are mindful of his increased market value stemmed from UCONN’s recent NCAA championship and heightened NBA interest. Ollie’s contract offer is believed to be about double of the $1.4 million he made this past season when accounting for bonuses.

The Lakers have not formally reached out to any candidates, including Ollie, because they want to see what position they receive in the NBA draft lottery on May 20 before narrowing down their choices. Ollie has been interested in listening to any Lakers’ pitch after growing up in Los Angeles as a Crenshaw standout. But a source familiar with Ollie’s thinking expects him to make a decision “soon” on his coaching future.


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