Dan Hurley Turns Down Lakers’ Offer, Will Stay At UConn

Dan Hurley has passed on a six-year, $70MM contract offer to become the Lakers‘ head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who reports (via Twitter) that the two-time national champion will remain at UConn and will look to lead the Huskies to a third consecutive title in 2024.

According to Jeff Goodman of Field of 68 (Twitter link), Hurley – who met with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and head of basketball operations Rob Pelinka on Friday – “strongly considered” making the leap to the NBA but ultimately decided it wasn’t the right career move for him.

While he was impressed with the Lakers’ “vision for him,” Woj adds (via Twitter), Hurley didn’t want to walk away from the opportunity to make history by winning a third straight NCAA title.

Hurley is expected to finalize a new deal with UConn soon that will make him one of college basketball’s highest-paid coaches. Wojnarowski says those negotiations are ongoing, while Goodman hears from a source that Hurley has a six-year offer worth about $50MM on the table from the Huskies (Twitter link).

It’s a disappointing setback for the Lakers, who had talked to other head coaching candidates since dismissing Darvin Ham last month but had zeroed in on Hurley and made him their top choice. According to Wojnarowski (Twitter link), the Lakers will regroup this week and will continue interviewing other candidates for the job in the hopes of filling the vacancy before the June 26-27 draft.

James Borrego – the only candidate to have two in-person meetings with the Lakers so far, per reporting from Woj – will remain in the mix, as will J.J. Redick, whom Shams Charania and other reporters previously described as the frontrunner for the position. Wojnarowski suggests that Redick has yet to have a formal interview with L.A., though Charania said last month that the two sides spoke at length at the draft combine.

As our head coaching search tracker shows, the Lakers have also been linked to a number of veteran assistant coaches around the NBA, including Sam Cassell, David Adelman, Micah Nori, and Chris Quinn.

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