Lakers Coaching Search: JJ Redick Still A Strong Contender

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The Los Angeles Lakers' coaching search seemed straightforward at first, with ESPN commentator JJ Redick as the favorite. But things took a turn on Thursday morning when UConn Huskies head coach Dan Hurley emerged as a surprise candidate.

Hurley, who has led UConn to back-to-back National Championships, brings extensive college coaching experience, whereas Redick has only coached at the youth level. Despite Hurley's sudden rise to the top of the list, Redick remains a viable option.

According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the Lakers' search is far from settled. Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka and governor Jeanie Buss are set to formally interview Hurley on Friday. However, Hurley could still decide to stay at UConn, where he has a six-year, $32.1 million contract, with a $1.9 million buyout to join the NBA.

Photo: Instagram/JJ Redick

While there are rumors that Pelinka offered Hurley over $100 million, Hurley is still considering his options, including the possibility of a third national title with UConn. Moving to Los Angeles is also a big decision for his family.

If Hurley decides to stay at UConn, Redick is likely to be the next choice for the Lakers. The coaching decision is crucial, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis having limited time left together. The Lakers need a coach who can win immediately and lead the team into a new era once James retires.

Interestingly, LeBron James has not been involved in discussions about Hurley or Redick, despite the importance of this decision for the team's future. The Lakers have had a series of short-term coaches since Phil Jackson left in 2011, making this hire particularly significant.

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Source: Lakers Nation 

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