Lakers target Dan Hurley as next head coach despite JJ Redick rumors: report

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The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly finalizing an offer to UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley to be their next head coach amid rumors that JJ Redick was their target.

The Lakers and Hurley plan to “intensify discussions” about the possibility of the back-to-back national champion leading Los Angeles in the coming days, ESPN reported Thursday. The team reportedly plans to offer Hurley a “massive, long-term contract.”

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Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies signals to his players during the National College Basketball championship game against the Purdue Boilermakers at State Farm Stadium on April 8, 2024 in Glendale, Arizona. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Hurley, 51, reportedly left the door open to realize his dream of becoming an NBA head coach, although he wanted to stay in Storrs, Conn., to compete for a three-peat.

He signed a six-year, $32.1 million contract last summer, and the CT Insider reported in April that another contract was under discussion.

The Lakers are rumored to be targeting JJ Redick as their next head coach. The Athletic reported Tuesday that the team is focusing on the former Duke star to take the reins.

Dan Hurley speaks to reporters

Head coach Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies speaks to the media after the College Basketball National Championship game against the Purdue Boilermakers at State Farm Stadium on April 8, 2024 in Glendale, Arizona. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Redick also hosts a podcast with Lakers star LeBron James.

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Redick said Wednesday on “Golic & Golic” that he will address the Lakers’ situation once the playoffs are over. Nothing has been made official yet.

JJ Redick calls a play

JJ Redick watches the game between the LA Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2024 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. (Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Lakers parted ways with Darvin Ham after two seasons, once their playoff run ended. Ham was 90-74 and had back-to-back winning seasons. Los Angeles reached the Western Conference Finals in its first season.

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Today, Los Angeles is back to square one in its coaching search, but it appears there are at least two candidates on its radar.

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