Brooks, Thunder closing in on new contract
The Oklahoma City Thunder and coach Scott Brooks are close to agreeing on a new deal, according to multiple reports.
Brooks, whose contract expires Saturday, received an offer of four years for $16 million, The Daily Oklahoman and ESPN.com reported.
Contract talks had moved slowly this month after Brooks, who was paid about $4 million combined the past two seasons, had guided the Thunder to the NBA Finals, which it lost in five games to the Miami Heat.
“They are getting close,” one source briefed on the negotiations told ESPN.com.
Brooks took over as coach of the Thunder 2008-09 — its first season since moving from Seattle — after the team started with a 1-12 record under coach PJ Carlesimo. One season later, the Thunder made its first playoff appearance in Oklahoma City, followed by trips to the Western Conference finals and the NBA Finals.
He has a 174-125 coaching record and was the Western Conference coach for the 2011-12 All-Star Game.
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