The Los Angeles Lakers are preparing a massive, long-term deal for UConn’s Dan Hurley to become the team’s next head coach, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The reigning back-to-back NCAA national champion is set to meet Friday with Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss, adds Wojnarowski.

Hurley reportedly informed UConn’s administration on Wednesday of his interest in speaking with the Lakers regarding their job opening.


Hurley confirmed to his Huskies players ahead of a noon practice Thursday that he was in discussions with the NBA franchise, sources told John Fanta of Fox Sports.

The Lakers have already interviewed a number of candidates, including LeBron James’ partner on the “Mind The Game” podcast, JJ Redick. Sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic that the ESPN broadcaster and former NBA veteran was the front-runner for the head coaching job in recent days. Hurley has previously been interviewed by Redick for a podcast, prompting a glowing reply from James on social media.

The 51-year-old compiled an impressive 141-58 record in six seasons with the Huskies, including a remarkable 68-11 mark over the past two years en route to two national titles.

Hurley was at the center of the Kentucky coaching search after John Calipari left for Arkansas, but he opted to stay at UConn, citing a desire to go for a three-peat and proximity to his family in New Jersey as major factors in his decision.

The Lakers fired head coach Darvin Ham after two seasons with the team following a first-round playoff exit to the Denver Nuggets.