LA Lakers target in line for new deal

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The LA Lakers search for a new head coach has only just started and yet they could already have lost one of the main contenders.

UConn head coach and newly crowned national champion, Kevin Ollie was considered to be a target for the Lakers to replace outgoing coach Mike D'Antoni, but the collegiate coach is in negotiations to receive a bumper deal from Connecticut according to ESPN's Andy Katz.

ESPN's SportsCenter tweeted: "Kevin Ollie and UConn are in negotiations to double his salary after Ollie led Huskies to national championship, source tells @ESPNAndyKatz."

D'Antoni resigned from the Lakers earlier this week and speculation has been rife that the purple and gold would look to the college ranks for their next coach.

The Lakers could of course move for Ollie regardless of his contract situation with UConn, but it could make the hire more expensive than the owning Buss family would like.

John Calipari, head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats whom were defeated by Ollie in the national championship game could also be an option for the Lakers. However Calipari has often said that he would not leave Kentucky.

Ollie has won two national championships during his four year tenure at UConn both as an assistant and head coach.

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