Scott Brooks led the Thunder to the Finals; it feels safe to assume OKC would want to hook him up with a new contract, lest he wind up coaching a different squad next season. And according to ESPN, the two parties should soon have an agreement: “The Oklahoma City Thunder and coach Scott Brooks are closing in on a new contract after drawn-out negotiations, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com on Friday night that Brooks and the Thunder, after slow-moving talks that had left the sides well apart by the end of the NBA Finals earlier this month, soon will finalize a new four-year deal to follow up the contract that expires Saturday. Although the financial specifics were not yet known, ESPN.com reported last week that the Thunder’s most recent offer was ‘north of $4 million’ annually. ‘They are getting close,’ one source briefed on the discussions said. Brooks earned just $4 million over the past two seasons while the Thunder rose quickly from the team that started 1-12 in 2008-09 in the franchise’s first season in Oklahoma City into the ranks of title contention.”
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