JJ REDICK, A 2-YEAR-SIXER, FRIEND OF LEBRON, LAKERS NEW COACH!

By Tommy Matthews

The Lakers have agreed to a four-year coaching contract with JJ Redick, an ESPN NBA analyst who played 15 years in the league, two with the Sixers.

Pelinka offered Redick the job Thursday morning.

Redick has never coached at the NBA level, as a head coach or as an assistant.

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.

The Lakers want 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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