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2024/25 NBA Championship Odds: Los Angeles Lakers +2500 after landing J.J. Redick as new head coach

Former NBA shooting guard JJ Redick has agreed to a four-year contract to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers are currently +2500 to win the 2024/25 NBA title, tied with the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers for the ninth-shortest odds. LA is also +1400 to come out of the Western Conference, seventh-favorite behind the Nuggets, Thunder, Timberwolves, Mavericks, Clippers, and Suns.

There is still uncertainty surrounding the future of Lakers forward LeBron James, who can opt out of his contract this offseason, but Redick's hire indicates he will stay with the Lakers for another season.

James and Redick have co-hosted the 'Mind the Game' podcast together since March 2024, where the two break down past and current NBA film, share philosophies and more.

Redick had been rumored to be a candidate for the Lakers before LA's high-profile chase of Dan Hurley came and went in early June. Hurley, a back-to-back national champion head coach in college, reportedly turned down a six-year, $70 million deal to become the Lakers coach, instead opting to stay at UConn for a chance at a three-peat.

During this time, Redick was a color commentator for ESPN and ABC's coverage of the 2024 NBA Finals.

Redick, who has never coached in the NBA to this point, has gained praise from former coaches and teammates for the way he got the best out of his ability throughout his NBA career. The shooting guard was a lottery pick after a stellar college career at Duke, but he didn't become a full-time starter until his eighth NBA season, at 29 years old.

The Lakers will hope that experience helps him get the best out of the team's younger players, and that the chemistry developed with James on the pair's podcast carries over to the day-to-day grind of an NBA season.

In the past five seasons, the Lakers have won an NBA title, lost in the first round, missed the playoffs, lost in the Western Conference Finals, and most recently, lost in the first round again.

The team's front office and ownership will hope Redick can steer the team to greater consistency. The newly-hired coach will have the challenge of becoming the first Lakers coach to stay in the job for four seasons since Phil Jackson, who left the team after the 2011 campaign.

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Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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