Head coach Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies reacts with Tristen Newton #2 at the end of the first half against the St. Mary's Gaels during the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
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Dan Hurley Says He And LeBron James Texted During Lakers' Pursuit

UConn coach Dan Hurley insisted that his shared interest in the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching vacancy was not a "leverage play," and that he truly considered taking the job. He also exchanged some texts with LeBron James.

"One of the worst takes I've heard is that this is a leverage play by me to improve my situation at UConn," Hurley said on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz."I don't need leverage here. We've won back-to-back national championships at this place. This was never a leverage situation for me.

"I've had a contract in place here for a couple of weeks. And the final part, in terms of salary, has been done for a while. There are some other parts, like NIL and staff salary and some different things, that I want adjusted and I'm not comfortable with. But the sense of the idea that this was some conspiracy to get me a sweeter deal at UConn is just, it's lazy."