NBA Team Targeting UConn's Dan Hurley, Preparing 'Massive' Offer: Report

By Jason Hall

June 6, 2024

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The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly targeting back-to-back national champion UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley for their head coaching vacancy and "preparing a massive" offer, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski Thursday (June 6) morning.

"BREAKING: The Los Angeles Lakers are targeting Connecticut’s Dan Hurley to become the franchise’s next coach and are preparing a massive, long-term contract offer to bring the back-to-back national champion to the NBA, sources tell ESPN," Wojnarowski wrote on his X account.

The Lakers and Hurley, 51, have reportedly already engaged in preliminary contract talks and discussions are expected to escalate in the coming days, the sources confirmed. Hurley has reportedly been Los Angeles' primary target throughout its coaching search, despite the franchise interviewing several other candidates, according to the sources.

Hurley agreed to a six-year, $31.1 million extension to remain UConn's head basketball coach through the 2028-29 season last June, which came two months after becoming the third coach to lead the Huskies to a national championship, following Jim Calhoun (1999, 2004, 2011) and Kevin Ollie (2014), in April. UConn repeated as national champions with a 75-60 win against Purdue in the March Madness Tournament Final at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, earning its sixth national title in program history and tying North Carolina for third all-time behind only UCLA (11) and Kentucky (8).

UConn concluded the 2024 NCAA Tournament with a +140 point differential, the highest total in March Madness history, defeating No. 16 Stetson (91-52), No. 9 Northwestern (75-58), No. 5 San Diego State (82-52), No. 3 Illinois (86-72) and No. 4 Alabama (86-72) en route to its second consecutive national title.

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