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Report: Lakers targeting UConn’s Dan Hurley as next coach

Syndication: Arizona RepublicConnecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley yells at his team during the NCAA men’s national championship game against the Purdue Boilermakers at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on April 8, 2024.

The Los Angeles Lakers are preparing a “major, longer-term contract offer” to UConn’s Dan Hurley to become their next head coach, ESPN reported Thursday morning.

The report comes after Los Angeles has been linked to former NBA player and ESPN analyst JJ Reddick or New Orleans Pelicans associate head coach James Borrego.

The Lakers have reportedly been in preliminary contact with Hurley, who has led the Huskies to back-to-back NCAA titles. He has said his goal is to one day coach in the NBA.

Hurley, 51, has posted a 141-58 record while leading UConn to four NCAA Tournament appearances during his six seasons at UConn. He had a 38-23 record over two seasons as head coach at Wagner (2010-12) and a 113-82 record in six campaigns with Rhode Island.

Hurley also has a fan in LeBron James, as the Lakers superstar praised the coach via social media on April 19.

“He is so damn GOOD!!! Along with his staff. Super creative with their (offenses). I love it,” James wrote.

Los Angeles fired Darvin Ham on May 3 after two seasons, including an appearance in the 2023 Western Conference Finals.

The Lakers finished the regular season with a 47-35 mark, good enough for just eighth place in the Western Conference. They defeated the Pelicans in the play-in round to earn the No. 7 seed in the playoffs, but were outrebounded 4–1 by the Denver Nuggets in the opening round.

Ham posted a 90-74 record but was 9-12 in the playoffs since replacing Frank Vogel in 2022.

–Field-level media

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