The person said Johnson and Alabama are working on the details of a deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press Sunday on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made about the coaching search.
Alabama athletic director Bill Battle did not return a call seeking comment.
ESPN first reported the contract talks. Johnson has been an NBA analyst for the network since being fired by the Brooklyn Nets in December 2012. He played 16 years in the NBA, much of it with the San Antonio Spurs.
Johnson would replace Anthony Grant, who was fired after making only one NCAA Tournament six seasons.
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