Lakers coaching rumors tracker: Latest news on Dan Hurley as Los Angeles looks for replacement

From the quiet countryside in Storrs, to the bright lights of Los Angeles, Dan Hurley could be on the move. 

The head coach of the UConn men’s basketball program has flourished into one of the best coaches in the NCAA. Hurley and the Huskies completed their quest for back-to-back championships this past April, when UConn knocked off Purdue in the 2024 NCAA Championship in March Madness. 

Following the second consecutive title win, it seemed like Hurley was destined to stay in Storrs. UConn signed him to a six-year contract extension in 2023, keeping him tied to the university through 2029. 

However, recent developments have put his future with the Huskies in jeopardy. Hurley is reportedly in talks with the Lakers to take the head coaching vacancy on the staff that was left open following the dismissal of Darvin Ham. It would give him the chance to potentially team up with LeBron James and bring another championship to Los Angeles. 

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What is the latest on the Lakers’ rumor mill? The Sporting News is tracking all the news and updates. 

Dan Hurley to Lakers rumors tracker

Dan Hurley to meet with Lakers on Friday

Date: June 6

Source: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday, June 6 that the Lakers and Dan Hurley are set to meet at some point Friday. The UConn head coach is traveling to Los Angeles to get together with Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss.

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“The Lakers would love to get a deal wrapped up with Dan Hurley this weekend,” Wojnarowski said. “I expect these talks will move quickly. There’s a lot of traction here between Hurley and the Lakers, but they certainly have more talking to do about whether there’s a fit here.” 

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LeBron James hasn’t talked with Lakers about Dan Hurley, any head coaching candidates

Date: June 6

Source: ESPN’s Dave McMenamin

There may be assumptions that LeBron James is playing a major role in the next head coach of the Lakers, however, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that the superstar hasn’t had any conversations with the team about the vacancy. That includes any discussions with the club about Dan Hurley or JJ Redick, the two names tied to the job most frequently. 

Dan Hurley meets with players amid Lakers rumors

Date: June 6

Source: Fox Sports’ John Fanta

Dan Hurley met with his UConn players before a practice Thursday, informing them that the talks with the Lakers are true, according to Fox Sports’ John Fanta. Fanta reported that he “didn’t want to hide the fact that this is real,” but that for now, it’s “business as usual.”

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Lakers targeting Dan Hurley as next head coach

Date: June 6

Source: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski

A Woj bomb came out of nowhere early in the morning Thursday, June 6, as he reported that the Lakers are eyeing UConn head coach Dan Hurley as the team’s next head coach. Los Angeles is reportedly preparing a “massive, long-term contract offer” to bring Hurley to the West Coast. 

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That contradicted reports suggesting Redick was a key target for the Lakers. Redick confirmed he would speak on that reporting, but would wait until after the NBA Finals, which he is broadcasting, to comment.

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