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Dan Hurley has made a decision on the Lakers job

Dan Hurley looks on

Feb 18, 2023; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies head coach Dan Hurley watches from the sideline as they take on the Seton Hall Pirates at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Hurley has made his decision on where he will coach next season, and it is not going to be in the NBA.

Hurley has turned down a massive offer from the Los Angeles Lakers and will remain at UConn, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Lakers offered Hurley a 6-year, $70 million contract, which would have made him one of the highest-paid coaches in the NBA.

Hurley said Sunday that he met with the Lakers and was “extremely impressed” with the pitch from their front office. Skeptics will wonder if the 51-year-old coach was simply using the negotiations with L.A. as leverage in extension talks with UConn.

Wojnarowski reports that Hurley already had an offer from UConn to become one of the highest-paid coaches in college basketball.

Hurley has been the head coach at UConn since 2018. He has an overall record of 141-58 with the Huskies. He was the head coach at Rhode Island for six seasons before taking the UConn job and Wagner for two years before that.

The landscape of college basketball has changed dramatically in recent years, and Hurley indicated recently that he is exhausted with one aspect of it. Despite that, he is still going to pursue a third straight national championship with the Huskies.


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