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UConn Men's Basketball

Dan Hurley staying in Storrs despite offer from Lakers

June 10, 2024

In one of the most exciting news headlines in both the NBA and NCAA, the Dan Hurley sweepstakes have finally come to a resolution.

Following a team meeting with the Huskies at 1:30, he’s staying in Storrs.

The current UConn coach turned down a lucrative contract offer from the Los Angeles Lakers, an offer that reportedly sat at 6 years totaling $70 million according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The organization and Hurley both met on Friday to discuss the offer and what a potential partnership to bring his system to the next level would look like.

From numerous speculations in the basketball world to discussions over both coach Luke Murray and Hurley at an MSG Billy Joel concert, the suspense was real over whether his departure from Connecticut would actually happen.

Ultimately, the New Jersey native will now be sticking around in Storrs, aiming to bring a three-peat and do what hasn’t been done since the 71-73 UCLA Bruins featuring legendary coach John Wooden.

While a Hurley and NBA partnership is certainly not out of the cards, with the coach discussing his aspirations to challenge himself at the next level on numerous occasions, the ability to retain one of the top coaches in the game is obviously substantial. Through the implementation of an exciting style of basketball that took the association by storm, his teams have notably dominated opponents on rout to multiple NCAA titles. Now, a return keeps the Huskies deeply in the conversation for a third chip.

Naturally, with Hurley now back to lead his team, Connecticut can now put their foot on the gas, aiming to repeat once again with a rebuilt roster that includes huge names like Alex Karaban, Liam McNeeley, and much more. 

As for the Lakers, they reportedly plan to regroup and bring in candidates prior to the NBA Draft, including candidates such as James Borrego and JJ Redick.

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