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UConn works on new deal for Ollie as NBA speculation intensifies

Fresh off a national championship, Kevin Ollie is an attractive NBA coaching candidate. (USATSI)
Fresh off a national championship, Kevin Ollie is an attractive NBA coaching candidate. (USATSI)

Kevin Ollie is renegotiating his contract with Connecticut but remains willing to listen to NBA franchises interested in possibly hiring him, a source confirmed to on Friday.

Ollie led the Huskies to the national title this season.

He's reportedly a candidate to replace Mike D'Antoni with the Lakers.

Yahoo! Sports reported Friday that no NBA teams have contacted Ollie yet, but that's not stopping UConn from being proactive. reported that UConn's goal is to make Ollie the highest paid coach in the American Athletic Conference. Thus, it should be noted, that SMU coach Larry Brown's annual salary is nearly $2.8 million, according to USA Today. Memphis coach Josh Pastner makes $2.65 million per year.

Ollie made $1.25 million this past season.

Ollie, 41, is an obvious candidate for almost any NBA opening for a variety of reasons -- not the least of which is the fact that he's tight with Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, who will become a free agent in July 2016. Ollie and Durant were teammates in OKC before Ollie joined Jim Calhoun's staff at UConn in the summer of 2010.

UConn is ranked 20th in the preseason Top 25 (and one).

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