UConn's head coach -- off a national championship in his first time in the NCAA tournament -- is going to be contacted by the Lakers about their head coaching job according to ESPN.
Here are the specifics from ESPN:
To that end, sources say, Lakers officials intend to reach out to two of the biggest names in the college game -- UConn's Kevin Ollie and Kentucky's John Calipari -- to at least gauge their interest in the job.
The interest of the NBA in Ollie isn't a surprise. Ollie spent over a decade in the NBA and is well-regarded at nearly every stop he made and was instrumental in the development of the likes of Allen Iverson, LeBron James and specifically Kevin Durant.
Durant called him the architect of the winning culture in Oklahoma City and credited him with the success of the team. The Thunder are down 3-2 against the Grizzlies and if they lose, could make a move with head coach Scotty Brooks, who is on the hot seat.
When Ollie came to UConn to be an assistant coach under Jim Calhoun four years ago, he an an offer to stay in the Oklahoma City front office. Ollie is of course a Los Angeles native and could be an attractive coach to have considering his respect among potential free agents, including the Thunder's Durant, who has two years left on his contract.
As far as Ollie and UConn, he signed a contract extension in December of 2012 and will have to pay a $2.5 million buyout if he leaves before the end of 2014. Ollie's base salary is $1.4 million per year.
Director of Athletics Warde Manuel said around the Final Four that the school will work on a new contract that was worth $7 million through 5 years running through the 2017-18 season. Last year, Celtics' Brad Stevens left Butler for 6 years and $22 million.
Ollie has always expressed his affinity for UConn and the state and has said he would like to coach the team for decades. But, he's also a man of the NBA and at 41-years old, a hot commodity in GM circles.
The Lakers are the marquee franchise in the NBA, and other top jobs are sure to open up in the future.