HoopsHype Kevin Ollie rumors

May 1, 2014 Updates

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 Lakers' immediate aims, sources say, are to focus on the draft and free agency and "hold back (on the coaching front) until they get a better sense of the marketplace." ESPN.com

April 9, 2014 Updates

Ryan Wolstat: Random Kevin Ollie note: Am told Raptors tried to bring him in as veteran backup PG in Casey’s first year but Ollie happy moving to coaching. Raptors brought in Anthony Carter instead and, it didn’t really work out. Twitter @WolstatSun

April 8, 2014 Updates

The NBA is coming. Manuel knows it, Calhoun knows it, and the NBA community knows it. “Would I be surprised if he left?” Calhoun said. “I wouldn't be surprised at anything, but he’s comfortable with who he is. He’s 42 and has a bright future. He’s pretty terrific.” “It’s just a matter of time,” said one NBA general manager. “The league will come calling. He’s a great communicator and has a calm demeanor. This win alone, however, doesn't just tilt the scale. It breaks it.” ESPN.com

One NBA executive told me that whichever team (or teams) makes a run after Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent, “will throw the whole ATM after [Ollie].” That makes sense given the enormous amount of respect KD has for his former teammate in Oklahoma City. I remember Durant telling me a few years back, just after Calhoun convinced Ollie to join his staff as an assistant, that Ollie would be a star. Durant couldn’t stop gushing about Ollie’s character as a person, and his knowledge of the game. ESPN.com

April 5, 2014 Updates

With another guaranteed year on his contract, D'Antoni may very well coach the Lakers next season -- but the team may consider making a change this summer. The decision to exit D'Antoni is intrinsically tied to replacing him. There's no reason to cut him loose without the right hire in his stead. Ollie is the coach the Lakers should target to succeed D'Antoni. Los Angeles Times

September 13, 2012 Updates
August 16, 2011 Updates
July 2, 2010 Updates

The Connecticut men's basketball program took the first step toward cleansing itself of an NCAA investigation by hiring former player Kevin Ollie to be an assistant coach. Ollie, a 12-year NBA veteran, told ESPN.com in a text message Friday that he had signed a contract late Thursday night and would send in his retirement papers to the NBA office this weekend. ESPN.com

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