Lakers Should be Embarrassed After Dan Hurley Contract Revealed

The Los Angeles Lakers should be embarrassed by failing to lure a head coach even after doubling his salary.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are still searching for their next head coach and it looks like it may take them a while to hire one. Over the recent weeks, they were laser-focused on UConn head coach Dan Hurley, but the two-time national champion coach announced that he is turning them down.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Hurley turned down a six-year, $70 million offer by the Lakers to stay in Connecticut for another season.

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This is an utter embarrassment for the Lakers. Hurley is currently on a six-year, $32 million deal with the Huskies. This means that the Lakers more than doubled his salary and still failed to lure him to Los Angeles.

There was a time when the Lakers were a glamor market that every player and coach wanted to be a part of. Thanks to the disastrous ownership of Jeanie Buss and the front office led by Rob Pelinka, they somehow managed to turn the organization that a first-time NBA head coach can turn down.

This is not to say that Hurley would have been incredible in Los Angeles and that the Lakers can't find a similar-caliber coach. Jay Wright or JJ Redick might be equally capable of success in Los Angeles. However, the fact that the Lakers can't get their desired head coach even though they were about to make him one of the highest-paid coaches in the league, says a lot about where the franchise currently is.

The Lakers' top brass is so lucky that LeBron James wants to live in Los Angeles. Otherwise, this organization would consistently be considered as one of the worst in the league and the Hurley debacle is the latest example of that simple fact.

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