Friday, June 29th, 2012 at 11:45 am  |  16 responses

Scott Brooks and OKC Thunder ‘Far Apart’ on New Contract

The deadline for Thunder head coach Scott Brook’s contract expiration is Sunday, and according to published reports, the two sides aren’t close to reaching a new deal as of yet (and the interested parties remain mum on the progress of negotiations.) Per NBA.com: “Brooks steered the Thunder to the Finals for the first time since the franchise moved from Seattle four years ago, leading the team from a 3-29 start when he took over for P.J. Carlesimo in 2009. His Thunder posted consecutive 50-win seasons before going 47-19 this season and defeating the defending champion Mavericks, Lakers and Spurs to win the Western Conference title. He has become extremely close to the team’s franchise players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who embraced Brooks’s coaching style. And the Thunder want Brooks to return. But the talks, as ever, have stumbled on money. Sources confirmed a report that Oklahoma City is now offering Brooks a four-year deal, after staying at three years during the last several months of negotiations, and a league source said that Oklahoma City is now willing to discuss a deal that would get Brooks in the $4 million per year range. Brooks believes that his performance in developing the Thunder’s rotation the last three years warrants a deal that would make him one of the highest-paid coaches in the league. A source with knowledge of the negotiations said that the Thunder’s current offer would not get Brooks into the top 10 of the league’s top-paid coaches, based on this past season’s coaching salaries. Brooks made $2.1 million this past season, well below what the league’s best-paid coaches made; by comparison, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, whose Heat team defeated Brooks and the Thunder in the Finals, made more than $3 million this past season.”

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  • Wixurrs

    Clay the Snake Bennett doesn’t want to pay the man.

  • floe

    he’s smart. brooks is a good coach, not a great one.

  • ash

    He’s a good coach but not up there with Doc Rivers or Greg Popovich. But he should get paid at least 5M. Well we don’t know what the books look like but I hope they find some way to work it out

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    They won’t get PJ so idk what they’re doing.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    “He’s a good coach”? Where was this during the Finals when he was attacked from all over regarding his inability to adjust? $4M is plenty.

  • Roi

    I can’t believe that he thinks he should be paid top dollar. His primary offensive set involves having Westbrook run the clock down to 5 trying to get the ball to Durant on an iso.

  • Mas

    He should be in the TOP 10 at the very least.I think 5Million plus bonuses up to 6Million is a fair market for a guy that has done good by management and his players. I think the Finals was too big for him and his young squad but give them one or two more seasons and the titles should start pouring in. Right?

  • Mike

    Looks like its Phil’s time to get 5 more

  • Dagger

    Players get the credit when a team wins; coaches get the blame when a team loses. Brooks has done a good job with a young squad, even if he isn’t a top-tier Xs and Os guy. Without any substitutes available apart from the van Gundy brothers, locking him up with a good contract seems like a no-brainer.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Look, here’s the truth. That Thunder team is absolutely stacked. Most talented team in the league from top to bottom. Put a decent coach on there, and the Heat lose. I genuinely think it’s that simple. Brooks is excellent from a player development standpoint, but that shouldn’t precipitate his place as a premium head coach.

  • RunNGun

    Can someone say Phil Jackson… LMFAO

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Scott Brooks should take the deal that’s on the table or work out something along the lines of a cash bonus if OKC wins the championship.

    Thing is, even if OKC claims to love him, for the money he wants, they HAVE to look at other candidates. That’s just the way it is.

    And PJax is available, and I have been saying all along, OKC has the PERFECT squad for the triangle offense.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    @ Caboose. You are 100% right. I cringed during the Finals. For example, when LeBron had cramps, he drilled a three pointer from the top of the key. WTF? Guy can’t move and you give him the jumper? Give me a break. AND Lebron played a few possessions on defense and his guy never even went near the ball. I couldn’t believe my eyes. LeBron injured, Brooks should have called a timeout and run isolation plays on LeBron but he never did that. Couldn’t believe my eyes. The game was close and OKC would have tied the series had they won that game. Brooks convinced me that night that he wasn’t quite there yet. (he may eventually, who knows?)

  • Clydesays

    Brooks isn’t wrong to ask for more. Coaches are the first ones to get fired when things go bad.

  • MJL

    Anybody that doesn’t think we could get Phil Jackson is crazy, he’d come here in a heartbeat. Brooks won’t take us all the way, so why waste time? Our players need real leadership and discipline. We need Phil.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Mo Cheeks is the head assistant I believe. Worthy internal fill-in if contract negotiations work out.
    S.Brooks isn’t in the top 15 of head coaches in the L currently. He’s bottom half for sure.