Report: Kevin Ollie eyes more money than Steve Kerr, if NBA wants him


kevin-ollie-uconnEx-NBA player and UConn’s head coach Kevin Ollie has been listening to NBA job offers, but he won’t be settling for a rookie coach’s salary.

Ollie reportedly would want a bigger contract than that of Steve Kerr’s, who has recently signed a 5-year, $25-million contract with the Golden State Warriors to be the team’s head coach, according to Ohio.com.

There are still several NBA teams that need a head coach, and if they want Kevin Ollie, it will cost them more than Kerr cost the Warriors.

One source with knowledge of at least one team’s coaching search said Ollie will want a contract larger than the five-year, $25 million deal the Golden State Warriors handed Kerr.

Ollie has a longer record of success and accomplished more (won a national title) than Kerr has as a head coach. This is Kerr’s first head-coaching job.

Previously, SportsIllustrated reported that Ollie is listening to job offers, but isn’t looking to leave Connecticut. Ollie, who spent 13 years as an NBA journeyman before returning to his alma mater, has been linked to several NBA job openings before.

”I love this university,” Ollie had said at the New York Athletic Club. ”I am not looking for another job. Of course, you listen to different things. I got two ears, I’m going to listen, but I’m not running out there soliciting any other job. I want to be here at the University of Connecticut.”

His current deal, worth just under $7 million, runs through the end of the 2017-18 season. He made just over $1.6 million, with bonuses for the NCAA tournament run, last season.

“People have called and asked if I’m interested, and like I always say, ‘I’m here with UConn right now and trying to work things out with our great university,’ ” Ollie said via the Hartford Courant.

“I’m UConn-made and I want to be here for a long time. But those guys are persistent and they keep calling no matter what I say, that’s just part of the success you’ve had, the success the university has had,” he had said.

Ollie, a former NBA player himself led the Huskies to a surprise 2014 NCAA Tournament win, has dismissed rumors of him talking to NBA representatives for coaching possibility.

Journeyman Ollie played 13 seasons in the NBA, for Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavs, Philadelphia Sixers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder.

He played in 662 NBA games (100 started), averaging 3.8 ppg and 2.3 apg.



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