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Report: UConn’s Dan Hurley meets with Lakers

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, long-term contract offer” to Dan Hurley to become their next head coach, and the UConn coach will meet with the NBA team’s top executives on Friday in Los Angeles, ESPN reported Thursday.

According to ESPN, Hurley was heading west to meet with Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka and team owner Jeanie Buss.

The news comes after the position is linked to former NBA player and ESPN analyst JJ Redick or New Orleans Pelicans associate head coach James Borrego.

Hurley, who guided the Huskies to back-to-back NCAA championships the past two seasons, 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 the helm. 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.

UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma said Thursday on “The Dan Patrick Show” that he had a brief conversation with Hurley at an event Wednesday night.

“I happened to be at something with (Hurley) last night,” Auriemma said, referring to the UConn Coaches Road Show in Stamford, Conn. “I have no idea what’s going on, you know, I have no idea where this is going or what’s happening, but I just leaned over and said, ‘Hey, I think you can get a lot of championships with the Lakers win, even more than with someone who has never coached.’

“(Hurley) just looked at me and nodded, and we had a good laugh. And I woke up this morning and someone sent (the Hurley report) to me, and I said, ‘You’re kidding me.'”

FOX Sports reported that Hurley informed the Huskies players that he has been in discussions with the Lakers, but that it is “business as usual” for now.

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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