Lakers News: Dan Hurley Praises LA's 'Compelling' Vision, Explains HC Decision Timeline

When will L.A. fans know whether the UConn champ is their new head coach?
Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley shouts to his team during the Men's NCAA national championship game against the Purdue Boilermakers at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on April 8, 2024.
Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley shouts to his team during the Men's NCAA national championship game against the Purdue Boilermakers at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on April 8, 2024. / Joe Rondone/The Republic / USA TODAY
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So when will Los Angeles Lakers fans know whether or not Dan Hurley will be their new head coach?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the two-time UConn champ was confronted by a "compelling case" to reach the pro level by team governor Jeanie Buss and team president/general manager Rob Pelinka, who offered up a "compelling vision" for his future with the franchise.

On Monday, Hurley is slated to make a determination on whether or not he'll stay with the Connecticut Huskies and try to win his third straight NCAA championship, or will try to help the Purple and Gold win their 18th.

Hurley has led the Huskies to a 141-58 overall record during his tenure with the school, including a 68-11 record and a pair of titles across the past two seasons. But sophomore center Donovan Clingan, freshman combo guard Stephon Castle, and senior point guard Tristen Newton, his three best players last year, are all jetting for the NBA this summer. Clingan and Castle are expected to be lottery selections.

Although his current crop of Huskies talent is projected as a top-5 roster heading into the 2024-25 NCAA season, it's certainly no guarantee that he'll be able to secure a third consecutive title next spring. But can he get any closer to a championship with a Lakers team fielding aging All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis and not much else? In a crowded, young Western Conference, the odds will be stacked against them in the immediate future. The team has some tradable contracts and up to three first round picks with which it can possibly acquire another star, but is are James and Davis versatile enough to really survive another attempt at a "Big Three," even with Hurley's innovative offensive scheming?

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