Dan Hurley Rumored To Have Received $100 Million Offer From Lakers For Head Coaching Position


A bombshell dropped earlier this week when the Los Angeles Lakers were linked to UConn’s Dan Hurley for their vacant head coaching job.

For the past month, ESPN analyst JJ Redick had been considered the favorite to become the Lakers’ next head coach. However, that changed when reports emerged that Hurley is now the organization’s preferred candidate. Hurley is widely regarded as the best collegiate men’s basketball coach after leading the Huskies to back-to-back NCAA titles and has expressed a desire to coach at the NBA level someday.

Hiring Hurley would represent a significant shift in the Lakers’ hiring philosophy, as they typically prefer candidates with ties to the franchise. Nonetheless, Hurley offers perhaps the most potential upside among the current pool of available coaches.

Hurley reportedly met with the Lakers about the head coaching job on Friday, and John Fanta of Fox Sports indicated via The Zach Gelb Show that the team offered him a substantial deal.

“Can you say no and stomach saying no to nine figures? I have it on good authority the Lakers are offering him at least $100 million guaranteed.”

A $100 million offer for Hurley seems astronomical on paper, but that’s the kind of money Los Angeles would need to offer to lure UConn’s coach away from the powerhouse program he built. This aligns with previous reports about the two sides discussing the parameters of a potential deal, which seems to be gaining traction.

If Hurley accepts the proposed deal, he would instantly become one of the highest-paid coaches in the league despite having no professional coaching experience. However, he seems to thrive on doubt and would likely relish the opportunity to prove himself in the NBA.

A decision is expected in the next few days, as the Huskies will likely want clarity on who will lead their program next season. For now, the situation should be monitored closely.