Dan Hurley meets Los Angeles Lakers, coaching rumors, video

The Lakers seem to really want Dan Hurley in the fold.

Los Angeles plans to meet with UConn’s men’s basketball coach on Friday and hopes to finalize a deal this weekend if the Lakers want to fill their bench vacancy, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

After news broke earlier Thursday that the Lakers were interested in the coach of the two-time national champion Huskies, Wojnarowski added more details about the upcoming meeting on “NBA Countdown” before Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The “extremely aggressive” Lakers will have owner Jeanie Buss and general manager and vice president Rob Pelinka meeting with Hurley and his agent on Friday.

The ESPN insider added that the two sides will discuss what a potential partnership would look like, and he expects the talks to move quickly, although the Lakers have yet to determine if there is a “fit” in Los Angeles.

Wojnarowski expects things to be finalized soon, even if Hurley has no plans to sign a deal.

The two sides have already had preliminary discussions about the job, and The Post confirmed Thursday that Hurley is interested in the gig.

Los Angeles has the coaching opening after Darvin Ham was fired following an exit in the first round of the playoffs following a 47-35 regular season.

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Then Hurley.  Photo by JAMIE SQUIRE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP
Then Hurley. Photo by JAMIE SQUIRE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFPSource: AFP

Earlier this week, The Athletics reported that ESPN analyst and former NBA player JJ Redick was considered a top candidate for the gig.

On Wednesday, Redick addressed the report on the “GoJo and Golic” show and said he is focusing on his media work for the NBA Finals.

“I would say this; my focus now is on calling the NBA Finals,” Redick said.

“I’m so lucky to be in this position and to be able to call these finals with Doris and Mike… my day job at the moment is taken up with calling games, the 19 different podcasts I have, my commitments to all our partners. My focus is on the NBA Finals.”

Hurley, who denied he had any interest in Kentucky’s coaching opening earlier this spring, said after UConn won its second straight national title that he would not leave for another school.

“I’m not going into the portal,” Hurley said in April, according to the Hartford Courant.

“I am not.”

Not long after, Hurley was on ‘The Dan Patrick Show’ and said he would join the NBA later “when I can grow up a little bit.”

Hurley has reached the NCAA Tournament four years in a row and has a 141-58 record since taking over the UConn program in 2018-19 after stops at Wagner and Rhode Island.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is reprinted with permission

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