Dan Hurley's New Comments are Lakers' Worst Nightmare

The UConn head coach revealed a big factor for why he rejected the Los Angeles Lakers.
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The Los Angeles Lakers were embarrassed earlier in the week when UConn head coach Dan Hurley publicly and officially turned them down. Being snubbed by a college coach who had expressed his desire to work in the NBA when you are the biggest glamor market in the NBA is extremely disappointing.

What Hurley disclosed on the Dan Le Batard Show on Thursday will surely infuriate Lakers fans even more. The 51-year-old head coach said that there likely is a number he would have left UConn for but the Lakers didn't offer him that.

Lakers News: Los Angeles' Offer Wasn't Enough For Dan Hurley

It was reported that the Lakers offered him a six-year, $70 million contract. This would have put him in the top five of the highest-paid coaches in the NBA. However, for Hurley, this wasn't enough.

"To say that it's not a motivating factor – the finances –to leave a place, it's definitely a thing...To leave all that behind, there probably is a number. I don't know what that is."

Dan Hurley on Dan Le Batard Show

How much the Lakers would have had to offer Hurley to get him is unknown. Whether the Lakers should have offered that is another question. Yet, being publicly embarrassed like that is certainly not a good look, especially when the ownership's financial situation is already a cause of concern for the organization.

If you want to lure one of the best college coaches in the country while they are under contract, you have to give him an offer he can't refuse. Otherwise, there is no incentive for them to leave their cushy job where they are the ultimate decision-maker with infinite authority and job security. The Lakers failed to do that and now they are still desperately searching for their next head coach.

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