The Oklahoma City Thunder and Scott Brooks are still working on getting a new deal done.
Brooks’ contract is up at the end of June and the two sides are reportedly “not close” to a new deal, according to a source.
The crux of the problem is that Brooks, based on the team’s accomplishments, has been vastly underpaid the last two seasons, making $1.9 million and $2.1 million. The Thunder originally offered him a three-year extension worth between $11 million and $12 million before the season and, in light of this year’s success, increased the offer to roughly four years for $16 million.
Those figures are in line with the NBA’s new economic model, where championship-winning Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made $3 million this year, according to sources, and last year’s championship-winning coach, Rick Carlisle of the Mavericks, signed an extension that only netted him a $100,000 raise — from $4.5 million to $4.6 million — in the first year of his new deal.
Brooks is a huge part of this Thunder team going forward. The Thunder organization wants to keep him.
The Portland Trailblazers plan to go after Brooks if he is available so the Thunder would like to get this deal done before that. Perhaps Brooks is waiting on the kind of offer he could receive from Portland.
It is still most likely that Brooks will be back with the Thunder. He wants a 4-year deal and if the Thunder have to bump it up slightly from $16 million they probably will.
It’s not as if there are coaches waiting in line this offseason to come coach the Thunder. The rumors of Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are not true and Thunder GM Sam Presti called them “rubbish.”
Brooks would really want to go for him to not be back next season. That’s not the case so expect this deal to get done in the next few days.