Seven weeks after firing Darvin Ham, the Los Angeles Lakers landed on their subsequent head coach on Thursday: JJ Redick, the 15-year NBA veteran turned podcaster and broadcaster, league sources with direct information of the state of affairs inform The Athletic. Redick is signing a four-year deal price in the neighborhood of $8 million per season with the Lakers, in accordance to sources briefed on the deal.

Behind the scenes, the Lakers had been zeroing in on the 39-year-old Redick for the previous 4 weeks, infatuated together with his potential to be a coach for the current and future, past simply the subsequent couple seasons of LeBron James’ legendary profession.

Redick had first interviewed with vp of basketball operations and basic supervisor Rob Pelinka for the Lakers’ head teaching job for about two hours throughout the week of Might 13 at the NBA Draft Mix in Chicago. Redick then entered the Lakers facility on June 15 to meet once more with Pelinka, in addition to house owners Jeanie, Joey and Jesse Buss, the remaining key stakeholders in the group.

A number of sources with direct information of the assembly described Redick as “impressive” throughout his go to to Los Angeles, diving deep into his offensive and defensive philosophies and displaying his ardour for the sport that foreshadowed a willingness to submit himself to the numerous working hours for the fashionable head coach.

He defined his decision-making course of when it comes to technique, how the evaluation and empirical proof would all the time information his selections somewhat than preconceived notions or outdated beliefs. Redick described a system molded round this roster, specializing in elevating Anthony Davis’ involvement, significantly late in video games, and assuaging the fixed ballhandling duties on James by using him extra off the ball. Protecting James, who turns 40 in December, recent down the stretch of the common season and into the playoffs will likely be essential.

For these Lakers, Redick’s capacity to entry his stars in James and Davis might be seamless due to the stature he might deliver as a revered former participant, however how he unlocks the the rest of the roster and coaches top-down stays essential to the job. Austin Reaves will certainly be a part of robust three-man assaults for the Lakers beneath Redick, who’ll be thrust into creating gamers resembling Rui Hachimura, Max Christie and whomever the franchise drafts.

Throughout his conferences with Pelinka and his go to with Lakers possession, Redick confirmed promise, staff sources stated. However as with every first-time head coach, the true checks will come throughout the adversity of coaching camp and the season, the administration of participant relationships and the management of the locker room.

Redick has had a meteoric media rise since retiring from his enjoying profession in 2021, operating his podcast community, beginning the “Mind the Game” present with James and serving as a coloration commentator throughout the NBA Finals all whereas concurrently chasing a head teaching job. Redick interviewed for the Toronto Raptors’ high teaching job in 2023 and the Charlotte Hornets this 12 months. He has by no means coached professionally — his solely teaching expertise to this level was together with his son’s youth basketball staff.

League sources briefed on Redick’s mindset say he badly needs to make the leap to NBA head coach and embrace the challenges the chair brings as he believes it’s the pure transition of his basketball life.

As Redick watched these NBA playoffs, each as a commentator and viewer, he envisioned how he would make the most of a possible James/Davis-led roster. Only a few years after ending his enjoying profession, Redick has his subsequent basketball problem.

The Lakers underwent some turbulence in their teaching search.

A lot of the course of consisted of Pelinka assembly with candidates by himself off-site or nearly, not inside Lakers headquarters. After his dialog with Redick, Pelinka met with Pelicans affiliate head coach James Borrego in Los Angeles on Might 20. A number of candidates — Boston’s Sam Cassell, Minnesota’s Micah Nori, Denver’s David Adelman and Miami’s Chris Quinn — carried out digital conferences.

On Might 29, Borrego grew to become the first candidate to enter the Lakers’ facility to meet once more with Pelinka and possession.

In the days earlier than and after Borrego’s second in-person go to, some Lakers stakeholders believed the focus of the head teaching search centered on Redick. Given the lack of a championship experience-driven hire after Mike Budenholzer went to the Suns and the Clippers saved Ty Lue long-term on a five-year contract extension, league sources briefed on the matter say Redick’s probabilities grew for the Lakers, a high-ceiling candidate tasked to stability successful and growth and allowed to coach via early errors.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, got here Dan Hurley. On June 6, ESPN reported that the coach of the back-to-back nationwide champion UConn Huskies was the “target” of the Lakers’ search. Past Jeanie Buss and Pelinka, the pursuit was saved tight-lipped inside the group.

Solely Pelinka and Jeanie Buss met with Hurley when he and his spouse, Andrea, got here to the Lakers facility on June 7.

Hurley left Los Angeles after being provided a six-year, $70 million contract, in accordance to league sources briefed on the matter. He returned house to Connecticut to mull his decision whereas the basketball world waited.

On June 10, he introduced he was staying with the Huskies. Hurley’s new contract with UConn is anticipated to make him the highest-paid coach in school basketball — six years and upwards of $50 million, league sources stated.

Although the Lakers moved shortly to supply Hurley a contract that might have made him one in all the highest-paid coaches in the league, a number of individuals inside the Lakers group and externally puzzled about the true general genuineness of the pursuit and whether or not the franchise had been utilized by Hurley to get more cash to keep at Connecticut. The Hurley state of affairs was seen by one staff supply with direct involvement in the search as a Hail Mary try.

This a lot is obvious, although: When it got here to the Lakers’ final decision-maker, Jeanie Buss, staff sources stated she was extremely motivated to make Hurley their subsequent coach and was genuinely upset when the try fell quick.

Hurley himself instructed Dan Le Batard, as he made the media rounds, that the Lakers’ curiosity began on June 5. He denied needing the leverage to get a elevate at UConn on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” when requested about it, then later stated the college’s identify, picture and likeness collective and his staffing funds nonetheless wanted to be elevated going into the Lakers’ course of.

Similar to that, Hurley was out of the image virtually as shortly as he’d entered it.

The Lakers’ brass regrouped on June 11, the day after Hurley’s announcement, and lastly went all in on their best choice in Redick, in accordance to staff and league sources. After assembly with the Lakers on June 15, Redick spoke on the cellphone with Davis on Monday, a essential relationship in the years to come, the sources briefed on the state of affairs stated.

The decision to select Redick got here as the Lakers, led by Pelinka, prioritized Davis’ voice in the course of and ensured that he understood the shared imaginative and prescient. Different key gamers have been supportive of the hiring, these sources stated.

Los Angeles is assured that Redick will likely be the long-term teaching answer that has eluded the franchise for over a decade.

Since Phil Jackson’s departure in the summer season of 2011, the Lakers have now had seven totally different head coaches (eight if counting Bernie Bickerstaff’s five-game interim tenure in 2013). Successful hasn’t all the time equated to job safety in Los Angeles: Frank Vogel gained a championship in 2020 and was fired two years later. Ham made the Western Convention finals in 2023 and was gone one season later.

However the 39-year-old Redick checks a lot of the packing containers on the Lakers’ in depth guidelines for their subsequent coach. He’s drawn inner comparisons to a younger Pat Riley as a training prospect who jumped from enjoying to the broadcast sales space to the teaching chair (although Riley spent two years as a Lakers assistant earlier than taking the high job). Los Angeles is assured he could be its model of Erik Spoelstra or Steve Kerr — a culture-setter who can develop with the franchise for over a decade. There have been much more former-player, first-time head coaches who failed to meet expectations than those that succeeded, although, with the most up-to-date examples together with Steve Nash (Brooklyn), Derek Fisher (Knicks), Jason Kidd (Brooklyn) and Ham.

A number of sources briefed on the matter stated one one who grew to become a revered unofficial useful resource for the Lakers throughout the course of is known former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, whose deep information of candidates, resembling Redick and others, offers a lens into the tradition the group needs and the traits of a possible employees round the subsequent head coach. Krzyzewski’s historical past with the Lakers goes again to 2004 when Dr. Jerry Buss made a powerful but unsuccessful supply to hire Coach Okay. Redick performed for Krzyzewski at Duke from 2002 to 2006.

Assistant teaching candidates for Redick’s employees will embrace former head coach and current Path Blazers assistant Scott Brooks, former Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, ex-Laker and present Dallas Mavericks assistant Jared Dudley and Cassell, in accordance to league sources.

The timing of Redick’s hire is notable, as he will be part of Los Angeles’ roster-planning forward of the NBA Draft on June 26-27 — the first day the Lakers can commerce their three tradeable picks (2024, ’29 and ’31). It additionally places a pacesetter in place forward of James’ looming free company. The 39-year-old celebrity should resolve whether or not to train his $51.4 million participant choice for the 2024-25 season by June 29. The Lakers are open to any contract construction that may hold James in Los Angeles, league sources instructed The Athletic.

James’ decision, and how the Lakers reshape their roster round him and Davis, will decide Los Angeles’ course subsequent season. However Redick’s arrival is a major wager on an unproven coach — one the staff is assured can bridge the hole into the subsequent period of Lakers basketball.

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