Avery Johnson has verbally agreed to become Alabama's next coach, reports ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
Johnson, 50, last coached in the 2012–13 NBA season with the Brooklyn Nets. He also spent the previous two seasons with the Nets following four seasons from 2004 to '08 with the Dallas Mavericks. Over his seven NBA seasons, Johnson has a 194–70 record that includes a 23–24 mark in the playoffs.
[daily_cut.college basketball]Alabama fired head coach Anthony Grant last month after six seasons and a 117–85 record. The Crimson Tide finished 19–15 (8–10 SEC) after losing to Miami in the NIT.
Alabama athletic director Bill Battle pursued Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and was reportedly ready to offer him more than $3 million, but Marshall elected to remain with the Shockers on a deal worth $3.3 million annually over seven years.
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