Report: UConn’s Dan Hurley to make final decision on Lakers offer on Monday

In Glendale, Arizona, at State Farm Stadium on April 8, 2024, Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies stood on the sidelines during the national championship game against the Purdue Boilermakers. As the final whistle blew and UConn emerged victorious, Hurley found himself facing a tough decision about his future. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Hurley plans to make a decision about whether to stay at UConn or become the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers as soon as Monday.

Hurley has been weighing both sides of the decision, citing that while the Lakers made a “compelling case” and presented a “compelling vision,” he is also proud of what he has built with the Huskies, who are two-time defending national champions. He recently met with the Lakers in L.A. to discuss a potential deal and was impressed with Lakers VP and GM Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss. The Lakers are reportedly offering a large contract to keep Hurley in Los Angeles long term.

If Hurley decides to join the Lakers, he will replace Darvin Ham, who was fired after two seasons following a disappointing playoff elimination. The Lakers, who won the NBA championship in 2020, have struggled in recent seasons and hope that hiring a champion like Hurley will help them make a deep postseason run next season. The decision will have significant implications for both UConn and the Lakers, and fans are eagerly awaiting the final announcement.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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