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Lakers Rumors: Kevin Ollie Seeking Larger Contract Than Steve Kerr

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Despite head coach Mike D’Antoni resigning over two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Lakers have yet to formally reach out to any potential replacements. General manger Mitch Kupchak has said the franchise will take their time and complete a thorough coaching search after the disastrous tenures of both Mike Brown and D’Antoni.

While the team seems to be waiting until after the May 20th Draft Lottery to hire a new coach, they have watched two possible replacements in Stan Van Gundy and rumored favorite Steve Kerr sign on with the Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors respectively. The Lakers still have a long list of names they are considering, with former Crenshaw High School and current UConn head coach Kevin Ollie rumored to be one their favorites.

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However, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, if the Lakers or any other interested team wishes to steal Ollie from UConn, they will have to be willing to pay big money:

If one of them wants UConn’s Kevin Ollie, it’s going to cost them.

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 Steve Kerr.

Lloyd explains that Ollie believes he is worth more money than Kerr because of his success as a coach when compared to the former Chicago sharp-shooter:

The reasoning is simple: 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.

Ollie has done a tremendous job in his two short years at UConn as they just won the NCAA championship despite being massive underdogs. Along with his success as a coach, Ollie is highly regarded among active NBA players, including superstar Kevin Durant, who the Lakers are rumored to be interested in.

The Lakers have seen both of their recent head coaches leave before their contracts expired, so it will be interesting to see if the franchise would consider giving Ollie a multi-year contract. If the Lakers sign a young head coach like Ollie, they may be signaling that they are fully embracing the rebuild mode.
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  • independentbynature

    Good luck with that,Kevin.You’ll need it.

    • Jim213

      No thanks, aside of that… #chroming.

    • push

      Oh because he’s a black coach So he needs luck getting what he deserves huh?But Kerr who hasn’t coached a day in his life is worth every penny cuz he’s white

      • independentbynature

        Don’t even try to read my mind,moron.You’re no psychic.I don’t think Kerr is worth what he got,either.What exactly is your problem?Push yourself on outta here,fool.

        • box5

          Moron? What’s a moron cuz?
          -Charlie Murphy from the chappelle show lol yell

      • courtney harris

        i dont think it has anything to do with race (and i am black myself). first of all he didnt really assemble that team that he took to a national championship imo. hes a great young coach with a lot of respect around the NBA, but if hes looking for a big pay day to sway his decision – then hes better off in college. there are coaches (proven coaches) that want to be coaching again so bad they would do it for free. his mindset doesnt sit well with me (if this all true, which its probably not), but anyway

        • Vishuz

          But he still coached that team to two successful seasons and a national championship. You don’t win off luck. It takes a good coach to properly utilize talent and he has proven that. Kevin Durant endorsed him long ago for his guidance and wisdom when he first came into the league. If anything, I say he is worth it. Steve Kerr was a sharp shooter and a good. Analyst who I think will succeed because he is just well received. He’s Steve Kerr. He has that high profile likeability.

      • keenanjen

        It has nothing to do with his skin color bro. Kevin hasn’t proven anything in the NBA. The same goes for Kerr, I don’t think he should get anything over 5 years. I hope we sign Byron Scott personally

    • Sylvia Ross

      You are soooo right. I want Byron Scott anyway.

      • independentbynature

        We want Byron !!!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Kevin Ollie is worth every penny of that money he wants.He earned it and deserves it for what he has already proven with his coaching at UCONN.Now i must admit Steve Kerr paid so much with no experience just screwed up the future Pay Scale in the NBA and that is the fault of the stupid Warriors owner Lacob idiot man.Overpaid and that was to his golfing buddy Steve Kerr might as well pay Ric Bucher $20 million dollars to be the assistant coach since we all know Lacob has him as a friend on the Warriors payroll already LOL.

    But yes to Kevin Ollie come on down to the Lakers they got money to pay a great coach,we all know the Lakers wasted money on Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni so they must get it right this time and make sure they get a long term solution for coaching in place because their is no way we can mess this up or else we risk being a bad bottom feeder for several years and that would be a disaster that would be on par with the Donald Sterling fiasco of course much less serious and not the same type of issue.

    The Lakers FO has gotta take full advantage of the Clippers troublesome situation and the Lakers gotta take back the spotlight from the Clippers and become the favorite and most relevant team in Los Angeles once again.No more 48 point losses tot the Clippers that’s unacceptable and worrisome to Lakers fans like myself and others.Lets get our shit together and build a winner that can compete and win enough games to be in the playoffs in the Western Conference the Lakers must make huge moves and be very aggressive and active in free agency and hire Kevin Ollie and draft Marcus Smart and we will be set for the now and the future.Start spending big money.

    • LAstory

      LakersHeatBeef, I usually agree with a lot of your post and some of this but paying him closer to what SVG is getting, I can’t agree with you. SVG is 5 years at 30million and Kerr is at 5 for 25, most of that is coming of Steve’s Front office success* (from GSW point of view) and the relationship he has with the owners. I can’t see them paying Ollie that based of one year and guys he didn’t recruit, I AM NOT saying he wont be a good coach, but not at those numbers when Doc Rivers is a 7 million a year and most coaches who have way more experience is between 3-4 million… I think, if this story is true he just priced himself out of the running…. bringing Byron in at that 3-4 range at 5 years and draft Zach Levine (don’t know if you saw him at the NBA combine this guy is a beast!! his measurable is right there with Exum’s and the have him at PG who can play 2 guard… M. Smart at 6’2 230 pounds, not fast, pretty quick, vertical was good for his height..didn’t look to good running pg drills (may mean nothing though). I think Zach and Dante would be perfect for the Lakers… imho.

    • nlruizjr

      Absolutely not, we just got ourselves out of a mess with 2 mediocre coaches and here you want to bring in a coach that was at best a mediocre player in the NBA and has no experience coaching in the NBA, you can’t equate college coaching with NBA coaching, those are 2 different animals, Larry Brown was probably one of the most successful and he wasn’t on par with the top level NBA coaches. We don’t even know if KO is a one time wonder and he’s asking for more than 5 yrs and 25 mil, he’s down right stupid to think that the Lakers will bow down to his demands. Absolutely Not !!!!!

      • Noland Greene

        “Larry Brown … wasn’t on par with the top level NBA coaches.” I disagree with that statement. Larry Brown has an NBA championship on his resume and remember that he beat a loaded Lakers team that was coached by Phil Jackson and had Shaq, Kobe, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton.

        • nlruizjr

          I stand corrected, could it be that he never stood around long enough anywhere that it just slipped my mind, my bad !!!

    • Gregory Gaylen

      The salary of the coach is immaterial as long as he WINS. If the team is winning, the HC sticks for the duration of his contract and all is well in Lakerland. Whether is be Ollie, Scott, or ?? Lock in and let’s ride!

  • Matt Williams

    I don’t think it’s a good idea to go after college coaches. Let’s just go with who available and has NBA experience.

    • kookiebuger

      It can go either way with college coaches, I wouldn’t mind if the Lakers take a chance on Ollie but not at his asking price.

      • lakermatt84

        I don’t see what the big hang up is with how much he’s paid? It doesn’t effect salary cap, it’s just money the buss family has. I say they should go out and get the very best available candidate at whatever cost.

  • vdogg

    hire bryon scott. trade down and draft zach levine. bryon is great at developing PGs.

    • LAstory

      vdogg, just heard on NBA tv that Zach is on scouts big board at #6… some even have him going before Dante Exum and Aron Gordon going before Randle and Embiid… if so The Lakers at 6 could possibly get either Levine or Exum… watching Levine at the combine this dude was kill’em, dude was a beast!… he could go top 5 easily.. and could be right there for the Lakers to take.

      • vdogg

        thanks for the info. always enjoy your posts — you seem like you know your shit. if the lakers get a top 3 pick, i would love it if they would trade down and possibly nab both vonleh AND levine. i think they’re both going to be very, very good.

        • MRBIGGK70

          what are you guys or girls talking about the Lakers will get the #1 pick Tuesday you heard it here #1st just watch !!!

          • LAstory

            MAN! I will be praying!!!!

          • MRBIGGK70

            Were going to shock the NBA World !!!!!

          • Frank

            Yes book it the Lakers are getting the number one pick.

          • VillainKing

            Yeah hope we get the #1 pick I will pray for it to become 100% sure..heheheh

        • LAstory

          Same here bro, you always on point with you’re info no bs or no filler just facts…. yes, Mitch eluded to trading down to get two picks and it seems those are the two people that are on their radar…

      • Chrmngblly

        Do you really think the Lakers are not busy on the down low talking to some of these coaches? Nobody wants to be publicly snubbed like Phil just was or be thought of as a second or third choice.

        • LAstory

          Just speaking to names that are being connected to jobs, I hope they are, Phil is in a little trouble now..

          • Chrmngblly

            Luke Walton or Derek Fisher would be great choices in NY or anywhere.

          • LAstory

            Agreed…this will be a interesting summer.. with Tuesday being huge for us Laker fans…. btw did you hear Blake Griffith…. These guys may asked to be released from their contracts..

      • courtney harris

        this does make sense

    • kookiebuger

      The Lakers should get Emiid, LaVine is a huge risk.

      • vdogg

        who ISN’T a risk? remember, embiid’s body broke down (albeit with just a stress fracture) after 22 games of college ball. how is he going to play 82 plus games of pro ball?? he is a risk as well.

        • kookiebuger

          Emiid was also productive as a player and was cleared to play in the 3rd round of March Madness but Kansas was knocked out in the 2nd round. Teams are skeptical about Emiid so he might fall down to 6th with the Lakers and his best case scenario (i’m not going to compare him to Hakeem) a Howard/prime Bynum hybrid, Howard’s athleticism and defense and Bynum’s footwork/post game (Bynum was once compared to Hakeem, people also seem to forget how good he once was).

          • VillainKing

            For me, I want to see the Lakers drafting Wiggins over Embiid..

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    I rather go with NBA experience coach!

  • Godfrey Uche

    Kevin Ollie is the right hire For Lakers, Go Mitch pay the man what he deserves.

  • MRBIGGK70

    The Lakers will get the #1 pick Tuesday you heard it here #1st just watch !!!

    • Frank

      Yup lets start a new dynasty with our new #1 pick.Go Lakers.

  • Srk

    I like Ollie, but it doesn’t sit right with me that someone with little coaching experience would be getting paid more than Popovich. I would still prefer him over a mediocre retread like Byron Scott though.

  • J Taylor

    If he develops a young roster into stars, he’s worth every penny. With the new CBA maximizing talent value is imperative.
    IF getting Ollie would mean getting Love and Durant, how much would he be worth?

  • Frank

    Yes Kevin Ollie needs to get paid in full by the Lakers and carry the coaching torch from Phil Jackson as we all saw he is great at replacing legendary coaches when he took over for Jim Calhoun he won it all.I want Kevin Ollie to be the Lakers coach for the next 15 to 25 years.This is about the entire future of the Lakers.Pay the man and lock him up to a long term deal this is the right coach for several reasons.Lakers fans will be furious if another NBA team gets Kevin Ollie and we end up with a nobody or a retread with a stinky attitude.We need a new face of the coaching sidelines now that Phil Jackson is gone to New York.No MDA No Brown time to hire the right guy or else risk losing the franchise to a sale.

    • Chrmngblly

      Yes, Ollie with Fish and Cooper as assistant coaches. Or just sell the team to Magic. Please!!!

  • http://growingforward.net Scott Asai

    Ollie is juicing this hard and Kerr gave him the balls to keep going. Not sold on the fact he can coach in the NBA, but it is the trend so more power to him for trying to get paid.

  • hookedonnews

    Just because GS gave Steve Kerr a ridiculous contract doesn’t mean that anyone is going to give this guy a bigger one. Anyone who gives an unproven coach a 5 year contract is an idiot IMO.

    • courtney harris

      this years isn the problem, its the money. whatever coach we bring in needs 4 years in my opinion.
      year 1- we’ll have a very average squad at best (we make the playoff’s)
      year 2 – *fingers crossed* we get some real talent ( we make conference finals)
      year 3 – (potentially no kobe & adjusting pains) (we make the playoffs and get beat by the like of a SA)
      year 4-5 – we should be right there competing for championships every year.

      • hookedonnews

        I agree that it’s going to take time to turn this team around. However, giving an unproven coach 5 guaranteed years is insane. I would have given him 3 with an option year at most, and that’s really a gamble when you’re talking about someone who hasn’t ever coached. Hopefully the Lakers will hire someone who has proven he can win in the NBA, but I wouldn’t be handing out 5 year contracts in any case.

  • Practical

    Real talk Kevin Ollie has never made much money playing basketball as he spent his whole career as a end of the bench guy a practice player for the most part and he always got the veteran minimum and went from team to team.So now he sees he is a championship head coach and he is trying to make millions now as fast as possible before this chance escapes him if his team is not good in the NCAA.He wants millions since he never made millions as a player now as a coach he demands money in the millions.

    • Chrmngblly

      Kevin Ollie has been a phenom as a coach, though. LeBron, Durante, National Championship. Have you ever listened to him talk? The Lakers need this man.

    • courtney harris

      if he wants money so bad he should just stay with uconn and take the pay grade. he seems to be trying to cash in and thats doesnt translate to wins in the nba

  • daniel

    kevin can eat shit fuck him

  • Hank

    Kevin Ollie+Kevin Love+Kevin Durant the Kevin Lakers crew lol.Hire Ollie.

    • LAstory

      Kevin Durant is not leaving OKC to play for Kevin Ollie… that relationship has been way overblown..

      • courtney harris

        thanks to espn

  • LakersHeatBeef

    He [Ollie] changed the whole culture, I think. He might not say it, but I think he changed the whole culture in Oklahoma City. His mindset, his professionalism, every single day. And we all watched that; we all wanted to be like that, and it rubbed off on Russell (Westbrook), myself, Jeff Green, James Harden. And you know, everybody that comes through now, there’s a standard you’ve got to live up to as a Thunder player. And that started with Kevin Ollie.

    PER Newspaper Article From His Time In OKC

  • Sylvia Ross

    Is he crazy ? Get your foot in the door, show them what you’re working with and then ask for the moon. I think he thinks he’s Phil Jackson. At the rate he’s going, we already know he won’t be the Lakers new HC.

    • Chrmngblly

      Plus, he’s black. The Lakers can’t pay him the big bucks, can we?

      • Chrmngblly

        If we can get him, we ought to. Come on, Mitch, JB.

      • LAstory

        Keep it classy bro, really??? “Plus, he’s black”

        • Chrmngblly

          I am being sarcastic. The guy is a rock star as a coach. Why would we hesitate?

          But I take your meaning.

          • LAstory

            Oh okay, gotcha… Kevin Ollie can coach no doubt about it!

    • Chrmngblly

      Sylvia, did you ever listen to Kevin Ollie talk? He is a great player’s coach and his results prove it. He coached Durant and LeBron before going to UCONN and taking them from probation to the National Championship in 3 years. If we can get him, we should do so at any price.

      • Sylvia Ross

        No I haven’t, I have a problem paying any coach and offering any coach a five year deal worth 25 million or more. Suppose it doesn’t work out? Then we’re stuck with another pringle. But I don’t think we’re going to have to worry about that jimbo ,isn’t going to do that anyway.

  • UNPROVEN

    neither coach is worth 5 million need veteran coach in LA go get Sloan stop messing around

    • Chrmngblly

      I like Sloan, too, but he is old and in poor health.

  • TheTruthKills

    If that’s how he feels he can stay at UConn.

  • Marty Susman

    Maybe it’s time to sign these managers with incentive type contracts based on the amount of wins in regular season as well as how many in the playoff’s…How about offering a coach say $3,000,000 a year PLUS X dollars for win’s… Each contract should be a one year deal (Say Walter Alston/Tommy Lasorda) & each year you can increase the dollars based on the year before…NOW maybe just maybe that might get us better teams, better playing & a more exciting game…..(Maybe some day the league will allow players t have the same kind of contracts)

  • Adam Hedrick

    Ollie is nothing more than flavor of the month. Kerr is pretty damn knowledgable , hence playing with Jordan pippen rodman and Phil . Btw he is one of best 3 point shooters of all time. And he was a gm. I could see how someone might want to take a chance on Kerr . But mark Jackson was doing great and should’ve kept his job. Warriors were dumb for firing him. Ollie was just an nba journeymen that just started coaching college recently and won a title . Yes that’s good but I don’t want him to coach my nba team. Derek fisher has never coached, but I’d rather have him coach. Knows Phil, knows Kobe, knows lakers organization, knows what it takes to win

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