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Winners and losers of Dan Hurley turning down Lakers: UConn can rejoice; Jeanie Buss, Rick Pitino take a loss

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Dan Hurley will stay coach of the Connecticut Huskies. The Los Angeles Lakers did not make him the franchise’s subsequent coach after main UConn to back-to-back nationwide titles when Hurley declined the crew’s reported six-year, $70 million supply, conserving him tied to Storrs, Connecticut, as he seems to hitch John Wood as the one males’s school basketball coach to three-peat. (Wood, by the way in which, seven-peated. Hurley has a methods to go there.)

The choice is a boon to the Large East and the perfect program inside it — and on the opposite aspect, a crushing blow to the Lakers, who had reportedly been eyeing Hurley since beginning its search within the wake of Darvin Ham’s ouster.

Under are the winners and losers from the fallout of Hurley’s L.A. stiff-arm and his option to run it again with UConn.

Winner: UConn retains their man

Let’s get the plain out of the way in which first. The College of Connecticut, bar none, walks away right now as the most important winner of the ordeal. It went toe-to-toe with the Los Angeles Lakers and efficiently fended off the traditionally proud franchise to retain its coach. Hurley is negotiating a brand new take care of the varsity, nevertheless it’s unlikely the cash is in the identical ballpark because the deal he turned down. For UConn, that claims quite a bit concerning the state of this system and the consolation he and his household have with the place they’re at proper now. — Boone

Loser: Jeanie Buss cannot get deal achieved 

That is at the very least the third time that Jeanie Buss has did not safe her most well-liked teaching candidate. The 2012 pursuit of Phil Jackson was stymied by her brother, Jim Buss, who most well-liked Mike D’Antoni and technically managed basketball operations on the time. The 2019 pursuit of Ty Lue was a way more direct illustration of her shortcomings as an proprietor. The Lakers provided Lue, a former champion, solely three years and $18 million to educate the crew. He justifiably balked. When the Lakers landed Frank Vogel, in addition they dedicated to him for simply three years. When he received the 2020 championship, he was rewarded with a one-year extension ten months later.

Clearly, a $70 million supply for UCpnn’s Hurley represents a big soar within the form of cash the Lakers are prepared to supply a coach, however but once more, it is wanting what the market dictated. The Pistons, a crew with far much less income to work with, paid Monty Williams extra final offseason on a $78.5 million deal. Confirmed NBA champions like Lue, Steve Kerr, Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich are making much more than that on a per-year foundation. Maybe Hurley should not be paid as a lot as the perfect coaches within the NBA on advantage, but when you are going to lure a lifelong East Coast resident to California and away from his shot at a three-peat, you’d higher come at him with a godfather supply. The Lakers did not. As soon as once more, this crew’s hesitance to spend on something apart from star gamers has come again to chunk them. That is a mirrored image on the proprietor. – Quinn

Winner: School basketball retains its finest coach

In an offseason wherein school soccer nationwide champion-winning coach Jim Harbaugh walked away to hitch the professionals as coach of the L.A. Chargers, school basketball will get a lift in hanging on to its reigning, repeat title-winning coach. It could have been comprehensible had Hurley bounced — it is LeBron James, it is L.A., it is the Lakers — however in staying at UConn, the school hoops world retains its finest coach within the fold. Bonus: Hurley additionally occurs to be the perfect quote within the recreation and a real wild-card who might at any level create a viral second from the sideline. — Boone

Loser: School basketball groups nonetheless chasing UConn

Sure, sure, I do know: I simply listed school basketball a winner. However make no mistake: school basketball usually is completely a loser right here. Dropping Hurley would possibly’ve leveled the taking part in discipline a bit for faculties vying to win titles. With Hurley again, UConn for the foreseeable future will stay considered one of, if not the most important, hurdles to doing so for different school basketball groups. It is a dynasty that may simply be getting off the bottom. Good luck, groups not named UConn. Good luck. — Boone

Winner: Whoever in the end will get the Laker job

Immediately, the optics of hiring a dangerous candidate like JJ Redick are a bit higher. They’re now not positioning him as a generational younger teaching prospect as reviews had been earlier than the Hurley flirtation. Now, the Lakers can at the very least say they tried to go the standard route. That takes some stress off of Redick, or whoever is in the end employed, as a result of the expectations will not be practically as excessive. It additionally possible would not harm that the Lakers have tipped their arms financially a bit. A $70 million supply for Hurley may need been a low-ball, however by the usual of most coaches, that is a windfall. No different candidate we all know of right now goes to command such a wage, nevertheless it’s laborious to think about they will low cost out on their final choice after throwing that a lot at Hurley. They will not wish to make it appear as if they’re settling, in spite of everything. – Quinn

Winner: Hurley’s checking account will get a lift  

Hurley signed a deal final yr after main UConn to a championship however he’s as soon as once more in line to signal a brand new deal within the speedy future after repeating with the Huskies. Matt Norlander says he expects the brand new deal to topple the $8 million mark yearly, which might make him one of many highest-paid coaches in school basketball. And turning down Kentucky and the Lakers in the identical offseason possible ensures UConn will smash the piggy financial institution open and do all the pieces it may well to get Hurley and his employees paid handsomely. Here is extra from ESPN— Boone

Dan Hurley has turned down the Los Angeles Lakers’ six-year, $70 million supply and can return to chase a 3rd straight nationwide title at UConn, sources instructed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Lakers would have made Hurley one of many NBA’s six highest-paid coaches. However earlier than opening talks with the Lakers, Hurley already had a proposal from UConn to turn into one of many highest-paid NCAA coaches, and people talks will proceed, sources instructed Wojnarowski.

Loser: Rick Pitino nonetheless in Hurley’s shadow

There are a number of candidates who might’ve made runs on the subsequent King of the Large East had Hurley hoofed it to L.A. — Shaheen Holloway, Shaka Good, Sean Miller amongst them — however none had been extra certified than Rick Pitino at St. John’s. As an alternative, Pitino and his Johnnies stay an afterthought not solely within the Large East, but in addition within the northeast — the place Windfall and UConn stay the large canines of the area within the convention. — Boone

Winner: Alex Karaban’s resolution seems higher

Regardless of a robust pre-draft expertise that included a stellar exhibiting on the NBA Draft Mix, Karaban, a two-time champion with UConn, opted earlier this month to return to high school. Now he’ll achieve this with the identical coach who as soon as recruited him. It might’ve been a tad awkward had he got here again just for his coach to bail, however he returns to high school a projected future first-rounder with a coach whose perception in him has helped mould him from a sub-100 nationwide recruit to a possible top-30 decide. That stability ought to assist him as he seems to construct off a profession yr and launch into the NBA. — Boone

Loser: Younger Lakers want a frontrunner

The theoretical profit to hiring a coach like Hurley was that he might construct a long-term infrastructure geared in direction of player-development. The percentages of a first-time NBA coach competing for a championship off the bat are comparatively low, however Hurley would possibly’ve achieved wonders for gamers like Austin Reaves, Max Christie and Rui Hachimura, described in reporting as the children the Lakers deal with as core items. The coach they in the end rent could effectively show simply as able to serving to them develop, however with out having such a agency plan in place, it is value questioning if the Lakers, as a crew, can be as dedicated to a long-term method. Would a coach with a extra conventional NBA background be extra open to the thought of buying and selling these younger gamers to win now? Traditionally, the reply to that query is often sure. We do not have a agency grasp on the Lakers’ offseason plan past discovering a coach, however this was an enormous missed alternative for his or her youthful gamers, particularly. – Quinn

Winner: Large East can be higher

Followers of non-UConn groups within the Large East would possibly disagree — however it is a win for the league as an entire. The game on this period facilities round big-name coaches on account of extreme motion inside the switch portal and the one-and-done rule. Hurley at UConn will stay the face of the league — and of the game — as long as he is there. The eye he attracts this season, and the truth that he simply turned down the Los Angeles Lakers to proceed teaching within the Large East, speaks volumes. — Boone

Loser: Large East referees can be getting an earful

Sideline antics from Hurley through the years has been one of many largest sources of consternation from Large East referees. He consistently toes the road between acceptable and too aggressive, and having seen him teaching the Closing 4, he’s all the time chirping about one thing to officers. Pour one out for the zebras who would possibly’ve thought they had been achieved coping with him. Here is to many extra technical fouls sooner or later. — Boone

Winner: Anthony Davis could get his selection

LeBron James has largely stayed out of this Lakers rent, based on many of the reporting. His agent, Wealthy Paul, instructed Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes that the Lakers needs to be pondering extra about Anthony Davis anyway. Nicely, the reporting up to now signifies that Davis has a most well-liked selection, and it wasn’t Hurley. In accordance with Marc Stein, his high decide could be James Borrego, who has head-coaching expertise in Charlotte and Orlando and crossed over with Davis briefly in New Orleans. Borrego is the one candidate identified to have interviewed a number of occasions in particular person with the crew. Redick is the plain pivot right here, however Davis’ blessing would certainly hold Borrego within the working. If the Lakers actually are making ready handy the crew over to Davis, choosing his most well-liked coach would look like a wise transfer. – Quinn

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