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Dan Hurley ‘Seriously Weighing’ Lakers HC Position; ‘Job is His if He Wants it’


Dan Hurley ‘Seriously Weighing’ Lakers HC Position; ‘Job is His if He Wants it’

UConn head coach Dan Hurley is continuing to weigh his options amid heavy consideration from the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski said on The Stephen A. Smith Show Friday that Hurley taking the job “a real possibility” and that “the job is his if he wants it.”

“That’s been clear to him for some period of time here,” Woj said, adding that the two-time national championship-winning coach is “seriously weighing this.”

All of the signs seemingly pointed toward ESPN analyst JJ Redick as the Lakers’ search winds to a conclusion. He reportedly emerged as the front-runner.

Then Wojnarowski provided a stunner when he first reported Thursday that Hurley was Los Angeles preferred target, with the team working on “a massive, long-term contract offer.” According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, his candidacy “was kept secret from the public and even several key Lakers decision-makers.”

Per Woj, the two sides had a formal meeting Friday in Southern California.

That Hurley hasn’t yet made a final decision means a return to UConn is still on the table.

Wojnarowski told Smith on Friday the Lakers will “circle back” to Redick and New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach James Borrego along with other coaches they’ve interviewed.

For Hurley, the appeal of staying in Storrs is obvious. He has turned the Huskies into a dominant power again, and they figure to be in the Final Four conversation once again in 2024-25.

The potential pitfalls of coaching the Lakers are obvious as well. The pressure will be immense for whoever is coaching that team, and recent evidence suggests the ship has sailed on building a championship winner around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Having said that, leaving behind the year-round grind of coaching in major college sports could be appealing. The demands have only intensified with athletes enjoying more freedom to transfer.

And this is the Lakers we’re talking about. Few franchises across all of American sports carry more prestige.

With how things have unfolded already, fans can’t rule out any more surprises when it comes to Hurley and Los Angeles’ pursuit of a new coach.

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