June 22, 2024

Dan Hurley rejects Lakers’ offer, stays at UConn

Dan Hurley has turned down a six-year, $70 million supply from the Los Angeles Lakers, sources advised ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and can return to chase a 3rd straight nationwide title at UConn.

“I am humbled by this entire experience,” Hurley stated in a statement launched by the college. “At the end of the day, I am extremely proud of the championship culture we have built at Connecticut. We met as a team before today’s workout and our focus right now is getting better this summer and connecting as a team as we continue to pursue championships.”

The Lakers would have made Hurley one of many NBA’s six highest-paid coaches. But earlier than opening talks with the Lakers, Hurley already had a suggestion from UConn to turn out to be one of many highest paid NCAA coaches, and people talks will proceed, sources advised Wojnarowski.

Gov. Ned Lamont, who was in touch with Hurley all through the weekend, advised reporters Monday that the state will “make sure he’s the top paid college coach.”

Hurley signed a six-year, $32.1 million take care of UConn after the 2022-23 season. He had the choice of taking up one of the famed franchises in professional sports activities and a possible probability to teach NBA all-time scoring chief LeBron James.

But Hurley finally selected to remain at UConn, which has gone 68-11 over the previous two title-winning seasons and can attempt to turn out to be the second program to win three straight males’s nationwide titles. UCLA, the one males’s program with a greater file, gained seven NCAA championships in a row from 1967 by means of 1973.

UConn confirmed Hurley’s determination with an announcement from athletic director David Benedict, who stated the college is “thrilled” that its coach is staying put.

“He has helped return our men’s basketball program back to the pinnacle of the sport, including back-to-back NCAA Championships, and we’re grateful for his loyalty to UConn,” Benedict stated. “We look forward to Dan’s continued leadership on and off the court at UConn. He will continue to bring great pride to Husky fans everywhere as we work toward a three-peat.”

Lamont additionally participated within the celebration of the information on social media.

Hurley advised Wojnarowski on Sunday that the Lakers made a “compelling case” and offered a “compelling vision” for him to turn out to be their subsequent coach, however that he loves what he has constructed with the two-time defending nationwide champion Huskies.

Hurley additionally advised Wojnarowski that he left “extremely impressed” with Lakers VP and GM Rob Pelinka and proprietor Jeanie Buss and had spent Sunday weighing their supply.

After a dogged pursuit of Hurley over the previous weeks, the Lakers will regroup and resume bringing in candidates for interviews with hope of hiring a coach by the NBA draft later this month, sources advised Wojnarowski.

New Orleans Pelicans assistant James Borrego is anticipated to stay amongst Los Angeles’ candidates, and the Lakers may conduct their first formal interview with JJ Redick, who additionally has been linked to the job.

The Lakers’ failed pursuit of Hurley got here 20 years after they equally tried to rent Duke‘s Mike Krzyzewski to a record-breaking contract in 2004. Krzyzewski finally elected to stay at Duke.

After traditionally dominant back-to-back nationwide title seasons, Hurley has emerged as essentially the most coveted coach within the sport after developing a juggernaut that lapped school basketball — culminating within the NCAA’s first repeat champion in 17 years and a event efficiency that produced the most important level differential in event historical past — 140 factors.

The risk of UConn profitable a 3rd straight title is current with the return of a preseason top-5 workforce, however the Huskies did lose two possible lottery picks (heart Donovan Clingan and guard Stephon Castle) and a first-team All-America level guard (Tristen Newton) to the NBA draft.

Hurley is 141-58 in his six seasons at UConn and 292-163 total in 14 seasons as a collegiate coach — including in his years at Wagner and Rhode Island. He’s gone by means of 4 shedding seasons in that span; his first yr at Wagner, his first two at Rhode Island and his first yr at UConn.

The Lakers fired coach Darvin Ham after a first-round exit within the Western Conference playoffs. Ham was 94-70 in two seasons, together with a visit to the Western Conference finals in 2023.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.