After a ton of wheeling and dealing on the part of both sides, the Oklahoma City Thunder have reached an agreement in regards to a contract extension for their head coach, Scott Brooks.
UPDATE: Sunday, July 1 at 5:24 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
The deal is official, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge:
Deal done in OKC for Scott Brooks; should be signed Monday. Four years, 4M+/year.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2012
This is a good deal for the Thunder, who have continually improved ever since Scott Brooks took the head coaching job in 2008.
He is a good fit for the young OKC squad, and it would be surprising if he didn't continue to build off his immense success as a head coach.
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According to TNT analyst David Aldridge, per NBA.com, OKC has inked Brooks to a four-year extension which will be worth over $4 million annually. The final salary numbers will be about double what the Thunder head coach made last season when he brought his team to the NBA Finals.
Aldridge points out that a deal had been agreed upon a few weeks ago, though Brooks and the Thunder were still working on the numbers. Brooks used the fact that the Thunder had progressed under him each year he was at the helm as his lobbying point.
Not to mention winning 50 games twice and being named Coach of the Year in 2010.
Under Brooks the past three seasons, the Thunder have made it to the conference semifinals, the conference finals and this past season, the NBA Finals.
Shortly after the Thunder lost the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat, rumors surfaced about OKC's possible interest in 11-time champion, Phil Jackson, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. That was when it was thought the hold up in contract talks between Brooks and the Thunder were a result of years, not money.
But rumors of such a move to bring in the Zen Master were denied by OKC general manager, Sam Presti, according to the Associated Press, per SI.com.
This roller coaster ride that started the second the NBA season was officially over has come to an end with the correct conclusion. Brooks has done a great job with the Thunder, helping move this team move up from dangerous to elite in the tough Western Conference.
Not to mention, the team's best players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, both vouched for their coach. Considering those two are the future for this franchise, that made it even more vital the Thunder lock up their coach for the long term.
With their coach in place and a ton of mistakes to learn from, the Thunder are ready to make yet another run at the NBA Finals in 2013.