NBA highest-paid coaches: How Dan Hurley's rejected Lakers contract compares to other top 2024 coaching salaries

nba highest-paid coaches: how dan hurley's rejected lakers contract compares to other top 2024 coaching salaries

NBA highest-paid coaches: How Dan Hurley's rejected Lakers contract compares to other top 2024 coaching salaries

Dan Hurley faced a difficult decision Monday. Should he leave the comforts of UConn to chase an NBA title with LeBron James and the Lakers, or remain with the Huskies as they look to win a third consecutive NCAA championship?

Ultimately, Hurley decided to stay in Storrs. He spurned the Lakers despite being offered a bag to lead the team in the post-Darvin Ham era.

Hurley seems likely to land a lucrative extension with UConn after deciding to stay with the Huskies. Even so, the 51-year-old took a risk turning down what would have been one of the most lucrative contracts in the NBA to continue coaching at the college level.

Here's what to know about Hurley's decision and what the Lakers would have paid him to lead LeBron and Los Angeles.

MORE: Why Dan Hurley turned down the Lakers, explained

Dan Hurley contract details

The Lakers presented Hurley with a six-year, $70 million offer to coach in Los Angeles, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The contract would have made Hurley one of the NBA's highest-paid head coaches.

Ultimately, Hurley returned to UConn to take aim at a third consecutive NCAA championship. That leaves the Lakers still in the hunt for a new head coach, with J.J. Redick and James Borrego being connected to the position.

NBA highest-paid coaches

Had Hurley accepted the job with the Lakers, he would have immediately become the fourth-highest-paid coach in the NBA. Only Gregg Popovich, Eric Spoelstra and Monty Williams would have made more money annually than he did.

Below is a look at the NBA's highest-paid coaches:

Rank Coach Team Averaage annual value (AAV)
1 Gregg Popovich Spurs $16 million
2 Erik Spoelstra Heat $15 million
3 Monty Williams Pistons $13.08 million
4 Steve Kerr Warriors $9.5 million

Hurley's AAV would stand at about $11.67 million per season if he had accepted the Lakers' job. Instead, he'll go back to UConn and will hope to land a lucrative extension that helps him recoup some of those potential losses.

UConn may have to break the bank to keep Hurley. They could offer him more than $10 million per season to keep him around as the Huskies try to three-peat as NCAA Tournament champions.

That would make Hurley the most expensive college coach in the game.

MORE: Why Coach K famously elected not to join the Lakers in 2004

College basketball's highest-paid coaches

No college basketball coach currently gives its head coach more than $10 million annually. Bill Self is the highest-paid college coach at $9.6 million per season at Kansas.

Could that change the extension Hurley now seems destined to get from UConn? Only time will tell.

Below is a look at college basketball's highest-paid coaches before a potential Hurley extension comes along.

Coach Annual salary School
Bill Self $9.6 million Kansas
John Calipari $7 million Arkansas
Tom Izzo $6.2 million Michigan State
Bruce Pearl $5.7 million Auburn
Rick Barnes $5.7 million Tennessee
Scott Drew $5.1 million Baylor
Dan Hurley $5 million UConn
Brad Underwood $4.7 million Illinois
Kelvin Sampson $4.6 million Houston
Nate Oats $4.5 million Alabama

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