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Report: Lakers to hire JJ Redick as next coach

The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement to make JJ Redick their next head coach, ESPN reported Thursday.

Redick was offered a four-year contract on Thursday morning, according to ESPN. Financial terms were not yet known.

Redick, 39, played 15 seasons in the NBA but has no prior coaching experience.

That didn’t matter to the Lakers, who reportedly made Redick their top target after UConn coach Dan Hurley rejected a six-year, $70 million offer to leave the college ranks — where he is a two-time reigning national champion — for Hollywood.

Redick co-hosts a basketball podcast with Lakers star LeBron James, launched last March. James is due to become a free agent at the start of the new league year but can opt into a $51.4 million player option to stay in Los Angeles.

The Lakers fired Darvin Ham after two seasons, including an appearance in the Western Conference finals in 2023. Ham posted a 90-74 record but was 9-12 in the playoffs since replacing Frank Vogel in 2022.

–Field Level Media

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