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Lakers concentrating on UConn’s Dan Hurley in teaching search, making ready ‘huge’ provide, per report

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On the heels of back-to-back nationwide championships on the College of Connecticut, Huskies coach Dan Hurley has emerged as a precedence goal for the Los Angeles Lakers as they put together to make a proposal to him to turn into their subsequent head coach, in keeping with ESPN. The Lakers are making ready a “huge, long-term contract provide” to Hurley and have had preliminary contact concerning the place already. Hurley’s camp and the Lakers are “planning to escalate discussions” within the close to future, ESPN provides.

The Lakers fired Darvin Ham in Could after simply two seasons and JJ Redick — co-host of a podcast with Lakers star LeBron James, a broadcaster with ESPN and a long-time participant first at Duke then within the NBA for practically twenty years — was believed to be the frontrunner for the place. Nonetheless, Adrian Wojnarowski studies that Hurley has been the goal all through the method. From ESPN:

Hurley has been on the forefront of the Lakers’ search from the start of the method, even whereas the group has finished its due diligence interviewing a number of different candidates, sources mentioned.

Lakers vp of basketball operations and normal supervisor Rob Pelinka and governor Jeanie Buss are desperate to formally talk about with Hurley their imaginative and prescient of marrying his dominant program — constructed upon each his tactical acumen and elite participant growth — with the storied Lakers model, sources mentioned.

Hurley, earlier this offseason, turned down overtures from the College of Kentucky, top-of-the-line jobs in faculty basketball due to its historical past and sources, after the college and John Calipari went in separate instructions. He later mentioned he had no want to educate faculty basketball anyplace else earlier than including that attempting his hand on the NBA later in his profession pursuits him. In an interview final 12 months, he mentioned that he nonetheless had some “growing to do on the sideline” earlier than pondering of creating the soar to the NBA, a reference to his sideline antics and emotive teaching ways.

“There isn’t any one teaching like me within the NBA,”he mentioned then. “They don’t seem to be prepared … and definitely, I am not prepared. [But] that’s one thing I aspire to down the highway.”

After main UConn to a nationwide championship in 2023, Hurley signed a six-year deal value $32.1 million that vaulted him into the highest 10 highest-paid faculty coaches. Then Hurley, 51, led the Huskies to a different championship this spring, turning into the primary to go back-to-back since Billy Donovan did it with Florida in 2006 and 2007. Hurley and UConn have been in talks — however not but agreed to — a deserved new deal that may lead to a pay bump for him and his teaching employees.

Hurley has remade his roster as soon as once more this offseason to be a professional contender to three-peat subsequent 12 months with Alex Karaban, Hassan Diarra and Jaylin Stewart, amongst others, set to return in 2024-25. The Huskies rank No. 5 in Gary Parrish’s most up-to-date High 25 and 1 for subsequent season and personal the second-best betting odds to win once more subsequent season, in keeping with odds from Bovada

Faculty athletics has been reworked in the previous few years with the emergence of the switch portal and the implementation of Identify, Picture and Likeness (NIL) rights for athletes, which has made teaching in school tougher than ever earlier than. Giants of the sport like Nick Saban, Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Jay Wright have all retired lately, and Hurley has not been shy concerning the hardships of thriving on this new period, with frequent tweets concerning the challenges of dipping into — and usually coping with — the portal and all that comes with it. If he leaves UConn, he’d be the second 2024 nationwide championship-winning coach to leap to the professionals and flock to L.A., becoming a member of Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, who left his alma mater to turn into coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

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