Lakers hiring JJ Redick to four-year deal to coach team

Adrian Wojnarowski reports on JJ Redick agreeing to be the Lakers’ next coach. (2:19)

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The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a four-year contract with JJ Redick to make him the franchise’s next coach, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

Redick, an ESPN NBA analyst who played 15 years in the league, met with Lakers vice president and general manager Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss over the weekend, and conversations on the vacancy continued throughout the week, sources said.

Pelinka offered Redick the job Thursday morning, sources said.

No experience required JJ Redick has never coached at the NBA level, as a head coach or as an assistant. Other notable former players to achieve the feat include Redick’s former head coach Doc Rivers, who is the only such coach to win a title (with the Celtics). Coach Team Season JJ Redick Lakers 2024-25 Jason Kidd Nets 2013-14 Mark Jackson Warriors 2011-12 Doc Rivers Magic 1999-2000 Larry Bird Pacers 1997-98 — ESPN Stats & Information

Pelinka became sold on Redick’s ability to connect with players and his basketball IQ and believes surrounding Redick with an elite coaching staff will help shorten his learning curve into his first coaching job, sources said.

Redick moved into the forefront of the search a week ago after the Lakers’ pursuit of Connecticut coach Dan Hurley was ultimately rebuffed.

The Lakers offered Hurley a six-year, $70 million contract that he turned down early last week, sources said.

As Pelinka sought with Hurley, he still wants a teaching coach and staff who will prioritize the development of young players such as Max Christie, Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura and can design a creative approach to featuring Anthony Davis on both ends of the floor, sources said.

Redick has a strong relationship with Lakers star LeBron James, with whom he co-hosts a basketball podcast.

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