Report: Thunder Have Pursued Kevin Ollie For A Year

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With news that Kevin Ollie has removed himself from consideration for the Oklahoma City Thunder job — reports are circulating that Thunder GM Sam Presti has pursued Ollie for the job, for over a year now.

The source added: “OKC has been trying to get Ollie to leave for a year. He is loyal to UConn and loves his job but if KD [Kevin Durant] and Russ [Westbrook] want him there to make a run at a title, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. He won’t pass it up.”

the SNY.tv source said Tuesday night that Oklahoma City “believes in Ollie” and “he’s their No. 1 target.”

“There is no formal offer on the table, but he’s first in line,” the source said. “Oklahoma City is fully committed to trying to get him to commit.”

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