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Lakers abandon pursuit as Dan Hurley turns down $70 million contract

Lakers abandon pursuit as Dan Hurley turns down  million contract

The Los Angeles Lakers' coaching search hit a snag when UConn Huskies head coach Dan Hurley turned down a substantial offer to take over the reins of the team. Despite a lucrative six-year, $70 million contract, Hurley chose to stay with UConn, where he has led the team to back-to-back national championships.

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Hurley, 51, admired the Lakers' organization, praising owner Jeanie Buss and GM Rob Pelinka for making a compelling case. The UConn coach met with the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday and attended a Billy Joel concert at MSG with his wife Andrea and UConn assistant Luke Murray on Saturday night. However, on Monday, he decided to stay at UConn.

The decision comes after the Lakers fired Darvin Ham after just two seasons, the latest in a string of coaching changes since Phil Jackson retired after the 2010-11 season. Ham's tenure saw the Lakers eliminated in the first round of this year's NBA playoffs.

Initially, reports indicated that the Lakers were targeting ESPN NBA analyst JJ Redick, who has no professional coaching experience. Redick, who co-hosts a podcast with Lakers star LeBron James, was seen as a potential stabilizing presence off the bench.

As the Lakers' coaching search continues, the franchise remains focused on finding a leader capable of returning stability and success to one of the NBA's most storied teams.


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