Scott Brooks, Thunder Agree On 4-Year Contract Extension

After going down to the wire, Scott Brooks and the Thunder came to an agreement on a reported four-year contract extension.

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Scott Brooks, Thunder Agree On 4-Year Contract

The Thunder and head coach Scott Brooks have agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract extension, according to multiple reports.

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Scott Brooks Still Doesn't Have A Deal With Thunder, Becomes Free Agent

The Oklahoma City Thunder's most notable free agent, coach Scott Brooks, still doesn't have a deal, and his contract with the club has expired. SI.com's Sam Amick reports that the two sides aren't as close as previously believed on a deal to keep Brooks in Oklahoma City.

[A]ccording to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the two sides aren't as close to a deal as had been previously believed.

"Still working on it," the source said on Saturday afternoon. Asked if the talks were heading in a positive direction, the source said, "Never easy to tell."

Amick reports that the Thunder initially offered a three-year deal worth $11 million. Brooks is looking for a fourth year and additional salary. Only two teams are currently without a head coach: the Portland Trail Blazers and the Orlando Magic.

For more on the Thunder, visit Welcome To Loud City and SB Nation Kansas City.

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Phil Jackson And Jeff Van Gundy Rumors Were Rubbish, OKC Thunder's Sam Presti Says

Scott Brooks led the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals, but the head coach's contract is up at the end of the month. That lack of contract led to some speculation that the Thunder could replace him with bigger names, but that apparently won't be the case.

ESPN reported last week that Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy were possibilities to replace Brooks on the Oklahoma City sidelines, but Thunder general manager Sam Presti said over the weekend that those reports are "rubbish."

General manager Sam Presti dismissed reports that 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson or former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy could be the next coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying an extension with Scott Brooks is a top priority.

"To me, it's rubbish," Presti said Sunday when asked about an ESPN report that Jackson and Van Gundy were being considered as options if Brooks couldn't be re-signed.

Considering Presti is calling the ESPN report rubbish, it'll be really interesting to watch where the Thunder go if they're unable to re-sign Brooks.

For more on the Thunder, visit Welcome To Loud City.

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Phil Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy Mentioned As Possible Scott Brooks Successors For OKC Thunder

The NBA season has been over for 12 hours, so, obviously, it's time to take a look at what's next when it comes to Scott Brooks' career. Brooks, head coach of the NBA Finals runners-up Oklahoma City Thunder, has just over one week left on his contract ... and, after that, everything gets pretty murky.

Brooks and the Oklahoma City Thunder are having trouble coming to terms on a new contract that would reportedly pay him substantially less than one would expect for someone who just led his team to the NBA Finals. Further complicating matters, the newest rumor reported by ESPN's Marc Stein says that the Thunder would look to veteran coaches who would likely demand a much larger salary if Brooks doesn't return to Oklahoma City.

The reality is that Brooks and his bosses, after months of talks, don't have a deal ... and time is running out. And sources say that the Thunder, just to be safe, have started brainstorming in-house about whom they plan to pursue should negotiations with Brooks collapse. Two names, according to sources, that have come up in those discussions: ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy and, yes, 11-ringed coaching free agent Phil Jackson.

If the Thunder were to add either JVG or Jackson to the sideline for next season, there'd be an even better chance of Kevin Durant and Co. reaching the Finals once again. That said, there's a pretty good chance that the same occurs under Brooks -- and likely at a bargain.

For more on the Thunder, visit Welcome To Loud City.

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