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NBA Rumors: Dan Hurley to Meet with Lakers’ Pelinka, Buss on Friday About HC Job

Julia Stumbaugh June 6, 2024 Christian Petersen/Getty Images UConn men’s basketball head coach Dan Hurley is set to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers about potentially taking the head coach job, Adrian Wojnarowski said Thursday on ESPN’s NBA Countdown. “I’m told that Dan Hurley is going to meet tomorrow with Rob Pelinka — the Lakers’

NBA Rumors: Dan Hurley to Meet with Lakers’ Pelinka, Buss on Friday About HC Job

Julia StumbaughJune 6, 2024

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - APRIL 08: Head coach Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies cuts down the net after beating the Purdue Boilermakers 75-60 to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament National Championship game at State Farm Stadium on April 08, 2024 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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UConn males’s basketball head coach Dan Hurley is ready to fulfill with the Los Angeles Lakers about probably taking the pinnacle coach job, Adrian Wojnarowski stated Thursday on ESPN’s NBA Countdown.

“I am informed that Dan Hurley goes to fulfill tomorrow with Rob Pelinka — the Lakers’ VP and GM — and Jeanie Buss, their proprietor,” Wojnarowski stated. “Dan Hurley and his agent, they’ll sit down tomorrow and undergo the framework about what a deal would appear to be and what a Dan Hurley-Lakers partnership would appear to be in LA. The Lakers have been extraordinarily aggressive making an attempt to lure Dan Hurley out of UConn.”

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Wojnarowski continued: “This can be a negotiation that has traction. This can be a state of affairs for Dan Hurley the place the chance to signal an extended and really profitable contract is on the market to him and he’s very critical about these conversations he is having with the Lakers. I do suppose this can be a course of that — a method or one other — will wrap up pretty shortly.”

Although Hurley has reportedly not decided but, Wojnarowski reported “there’s momentum in these discussions.”

The coach knowledgeable UConn officers of his curiosity within the Lakers job on Wednesday, telling his gamers concerning the state of affairs on Thursday, per Wojnarowski.

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Hurley has coached UConn since 2018. He led the Huskies to back-to-back nationwide championships in 2023 and 2024.

The Lakers are looking for a substitute for Darvin Ham, whom the group fired after two seasons in Might.

Wojnarowski reported earlier Thursday that the Lakers have been “getting ready an enormous, long-term contract provide” for Hurley.

Though Wojnarowski wrote that the Lakers have interviewed different candidates together with assistant coaches James Borrego (New Orleans Pelicans), Sam Cassell (Boston Celtics) and David Adelman (Denver Nuggets), in addition to former participant JJ Redick, the ESPN reporter stated Hurley “has been the main target of the Lakers’ search.”

Los Angeles fired everything of the group’s teaching workers after the crew’s first-round loss to the Denver Nuggets, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported.

That may give Hurley a recent begin because the Lakers look to construct a championship contender round Anthony Davis regardless of the uncertainty over whether or not LeBron James will return subsequent season.

Hurley signed a six-year, $32.1 million contract with UConn after the crew’s 2023 championship season. He’ll owe the varsity a buyout of $1.875 million if he walks away this summer time, per Sportico’s Eben Novy-Williams.

That value could possibly be price it for the Lakers in the event that they consider they’ve discovered a brand new long-term chief in Hurley. The franchise hasn’t saved a head coach in place for greater than three seasons since Phil Jackson’s last marketing campaign led to 2011.

The crew is also hoping that hiring Hurley would assist persuade James to remain in Los Angeles. The star should determine by June 29 whether or not to take his $51.4 million participant choice for the 2024-25 season, per Spotrac.

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