Report: Kevin Ollie to meet with Lakers

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Kevin Ollie’s one-foot-in, on-foot-out approach with the Lakers has him moving one step closer to Los Angeles.

Ollie is reportedly both interested in the Lakers’ coaching vacancy and negotiating a contract extension with Connecticut. There’s nothing wrong with playing both sides, ensuring he’ll get the best deal wherever he ends up, but eventually Ollie must decide where he’ll coach next season.

The Lakers too must eventually narrow their wide coaching search.

So how do Ollie and the Lakers start to do that? Talking.

Bill Reiter of Fox Sports:

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Ollie wasn’t on Kobe Bryant’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s list, but the UConn coach would fit well with the Lakers.

As well as Ollie projects to translate to the NBA, there would still likely be a decent learning curve. It’s difficult to the Lakers competing next season, but if they’re committed to attempting to get Kobe one more title, they should shoot for 2015-16. Ollie could learn on the job next season and prepare to coach at a higher level in two years.

And then if all goes well, Kobe could ride off into the sunset, and the Lakers would have a quality, seasoned coach going forward.