Dan Hurley Turns Down Lakers, Will Stay at UConn in Pursuit of 3rd-Straight Title

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Dan Hurley wants to win three in a row.

Hurley is staying with the UConn Huskies, despite interest from the Los Angeles Lakers.

BREAKING: Connecticut’s Dan Hurley has turned down the Los Angeles Lakers’ six-year, $70 million offer and will return to chase a third straight national title, sources tell ESPN. LA would’ve made him one of NBA’s six highest paid coaches. pic.twitter.com/hEXo3o00SR

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 10, 2024

Hurley has won back-to-back national championships at UConn and the Lakers were trying to get him to make the jump to the NBA.

Hurley's camp didn't deny interest in going to the Lakers. It was reported that he informed his UConn team that the reports were true that he'd been having discussions with the Lakers.

After about a week of deliberations, Hurley decided it was best to chase a third-straight national championship at the University of Connecticut.

As swept away as Hurley became by the Lakers courtship and vision for him, he ultimately couldn't walk away from a chance to make history and pursue a third straight NCAA title. Even before Lakers talks, Hurley already had a UConn offer to become one of highest paid NCAA coaches…

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 10, 2024

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Hurley declined a six-year $70 million deal to become the Lakers' head coach. That would have put him in the top six highest-paid NBA head coaches.

Hurley's Huskies are the co-favorite to win the national title next season at +1000 odds at DraftKings.

The Lakers have also been connected with J.J. Reddick, who currently works as an NBA analyst at ESPN.

After a dogged pursuit of Hurley over past weeks, Lakers will regroup and resume bringing in candidates for interviews with hope of hiring a coach by Draft, sources said. James Borrego is expected to remain part of group and Lakers could do their first formal interview with JJ…

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 10, 2024

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