Jun 20, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks talks to the media before practice for game five of the 2012 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Oklahoma City Thunder sign Scott Brooks to 4-year deal

Scott Brooks and the Oklahoma City Thunder have reached an agreement on a new deal, according to a source.

The Thunder have signed Brooks to a 4-year deal worth a little over $4 million per year.

The two sides were working on a deal ever since the NBA Finals ended a few weeks ago. At first, the Thunder wanted to sign Brooks for three years while Brooks wanted four.

The Thunder offered Brooks a 4-year, $16 million contract that Brooks turned down a few days ago.

It was only a matter of time before the two sides came to an agreement.

Thunder GM Sam Presti said all along that Brooks was very important to the team and the culture they have established in Oklahoma City.

Brooks made around $2 million per season the last two years. For perspective, Erik Spoelstra makes around $3 million per year, Tom Thibodeau makes around $2 million, Rick Carlisle makes $4.5 million and Gregg Popovich is closer to $6 million.

There were rumors a week or so ago that the Thunder and Brooks were not close on a deal and that OKC would pursue a candidate like Phil Jackson or Jeff Van Gundy if they could not work it out with Brooks.

Presti dispelled those rumors as “rubbish” when asked about them.

Brooks has been great for the Thunder so far but he hasn’t been perfect. Brooks was outcoached in the NBA Finals and failed to make necessary, obvious adjustments to give his guys a better chance of beating the Heat.

Like the Thunder, Brooks will learn from that series and expect the Thunder to come back next season much stronger, led by Brooks.

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