UConn head coach Kevin Ollie has been listening to NBA job offers, but he won’t be leaving for a rookie coach’s salary. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Ollie wants a contract larger than Steve Kerr’s reported five-year, $22 million deal with the Warriors:
There are five teams (including the Cavs) still looking for head coaches. 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.
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.