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NBA Rumors: Insiders Think JJ Redick Will Want to Avoid Lakers’ ‘Circus’ amid HC Buzz

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Despite the notion that JJ Redick may now be the Los Angeles Lakers’ top choice to be their next head coach, it reportedly isn’t viewed as a slam dunk within NBA circles.

According to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, some people around the league have said Redick “won’t want to be involved with this circus” in reference to the Lakers, and that he “won’t want to be a second choice” despite his desire to coach.

The Lakers had been in hot pursuit of UConn head men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley, but he spurned the Lakers on Monday, announcing that he will remain at UConn and attempt to win a third consecutive national championship.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers made Hurley a six-year, $70 million offer to lure him away from the college ranks, but they are now back to the drawing board after he turned them away.

Wojnarowski previously reported that the Lakers had already interviewed Redick, Boston Celtics assistant Sam Cassell, Denver Nuggets assistant David Adelman and former Charlotte Hornets head coach and current New Orleans Pelicans assistant James Borrego for their head coach opening following the firing of Darvin Ham after just two seasons at the helm.

Redick’s status as a candidate was perhaps most surprising at first since the 39-year-old has no prior coaching experience.

He was, however, a highly respected player during a 15-year NBA career with the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks.

His primary link to the Lakers is the fact that he co-hosts the Mind the Game Pod with Lakers superstar LeBron James. Given James’ stature within the organization, him having a prior relationship with Redick is likely a significant factor in Redick being in the head coaching mix.

Before the Lakers’ pursuit of Hurley became publicly known, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that the organization was “zeroing in” on Redick as the “front-runner” for the job.

That may still be the case now that Hurley is out of the equation, but it is fair to wonder if Redick’s feelings have changed now that he knows he wasn’t the preferred option.

However, if Redick indeed wants to be an NBA head coach, there is perhaps no better situation for him to step into.

The Lakers are led by two future Hall of Famers in James and Anthony Davis, and they are just one year removed from reaching the Western Conference Finals.

With a few roster tweaks, the Lakers should be championship contenders next season, and it is somewhat difficult to envision Redick turning that type of opportunity down.

As for the Lakers, they have to get this coaching decision right since it may be their final chance to vie for a championship with James leading the way, as he will turn 40 during the 2024-25 season.

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