University of Connecticut head coach Dan Hurley, shown celebrating the team's second consecutive US college crown, reportedly will turn down a $70 million offer from the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers to remain coach at the school

Los Angeles (AFP) - Dan Hurley has rejected a six-year offer worth a total of $70 million from the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and is remaining men’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut, according to multiple reports Monday.

The Lakers would have made the 51-year-old American, who guided the Huskies to US college crowns in 2023 and 2024, among the half dozen best-paid coaches in the NBA.

But ESPN and Fox Sports reported Hurley said no to the deal after meeting with the Lakers on Friday, citing sources.

Hurley is 141-58 over six seasons with Connecticut and has an overall college head-coaching record of 292-163. He signed a six-year, $32.1 million deal with the Huskies last year.

The Lakers had a coaching vacancy after firing Darvin Ham last month.

Ham went 90-74 over two seasons in which the Lakers reached the playoffs. But after battling into the Western Conference finals last year before losing to eventual NBA champion Denver, the Lakers were ousted in the first round this time by Denver.

There was some success for the Lakers this past season as they won the first edition of the NBA In-Season Tournament, now called the NBA Cup.

The Lakers last won the NBA Finals in 2020 and hope to rebuild with Anthony Davis and four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James, who turns 40 in December.