Right after the regular season ended and the Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs, it was reported that the franchise was taking a close look at Scott Brooks as head coach. Now we get a report from Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv saying that Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie is being “seriously considered” as a possible replacement for Brooks if the plug is pulled on the Thunder headmaster.
Ollie finished his NBA playing career in Oklahoma City in 2009-10 before getting into coaching, so he was teammates with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. Ollie remains close with Thunder general manager Sam Presti.
Ollie’s Connecticut squad missed the NCAA Tournament this year, but he led the Huskies to their fourth national title in 2014 and signed a five-year contract extension in May 2014 worth $15 million.
The Thunder players have given nothing but support to Brooks, but if a change to Ollie was to be made, the idea would be that Ollie’s history with Durant would help convince the reigning MVP to stay in Oklahoma City after his contract is up in 2016.