JJ Redick ‘agrees to become Lakers coach’: LeBron James’ podcast co-host ‘plans to sign four-year deal after LA tried and failed to lure Dan Hurley from UConn with $70m offer’

JJ Redick has reportedly agreed to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The former Clippers star plans to sign a four-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Redick was rumored to be a candidate ever since Lakers GM Rob Pelinka fired coach Darvin Ham following LA’s first-round exit from the playoffs. The 39-year-old has been working as one of ESPN’s lead NBA analysts, and he co-hosts a podcast with Lakers star LeBron James. 

The Lakers tried to lure Dan Hurley away from Connecticut but the reigning NCAA champion coach declined the team’s reported $70 million offer. 

Lakers spokespeople did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for confirmation.  

JJ Redick has reportedly agreed to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers

Savannah and LeBron James attend a June 15 WNBA game between the Aces and Liberty

Savannah and LeBron James attend a June 15 WNBA game between the Aces and Liberty 

The Athletic’s Shams Charania previously reported that Redick was considered the favorite to land the Lakers job despite his inexperience. 

Redick recently interviewed for the Lakers position, following interviews with Charlotte Hornets assistant James Borrego, Boston Celtics assistant Sam Cassell and Denver Nuggets assistant David Adelman, according to ESPN. 

Redick’s proximity to James (they co-host the ‘Mind the Game’ podcast) appeared to put him in good position for the job, although Charania reported that the four-time MVP was uninvolved in the hiring process. 

Of course, James’ own future in LA is somewhat clouded. 

He’s under contract, but has a player option for the 2024-25 season, giving him the right to become a free agent this summer. 

James has also expressed an interest in playing with son, Bronny, who is in next week’s NBA Draft and is expected to go in the second round. 

Redick’s resume is certainly on the lighter side among NBA coaches, although that doesn’t necessarily spell doom for the Lakers faithful.

For instance, Steve Kerr had never coached in the NBA before guiding the Golden State Warriors to the 2015 championship.

And like Kerr, Redick made a name for himself in the NBA as an extraordinary shooter and hard-nosed competitor, who was respected throughout the league.



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