My question concerns the least prime (denoted $p(a, q)$) in the arithmetic progression $a \pmod q$ where $a$ and $q$ are coprime. Quite a time ago Linnik demonstrated that $$p(a, q) \ll q^L$$ for some absolute constant $L$. Wiki page for this theorem lists a number of papers that estimate $L$ with the most recent result by Xylouris who proved that $L \leq 5.2$.

It is also known that the Generalized Riemann Hypothesis implies $$p(a, q) \ll (q\log q)^2 \text{,}$$ while in 1978, Heath-Brown conjectured even tighter bound: $$p(a, q) \ll q(\log q)^2 \text{.}$$ I'm wondering whether this last bound, if true (it is still an open problem), implies something non-trivial about $L$-functions?