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Report: Scott Brooks turned down 3-year, $11 million extension offer

Jun 17, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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These Finals don’t feature coaching legends. Both Scott Brooks and Erik Spoelstra face constant doubts and criticism from fans and media. This is how it works if you haven’t won a title. Win one, and you’re on a whole other level, you have the credit built up and no matter what you get the benefit of the doubt. No one’s talking about Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers getting out-coached at the end of their series.

But even beyond that, Scott Brooks isn’t even on contract past this year. That’s pretty stunning. The man has guided the Thunder from tadpoles to warrior frogs, from the lottery to winning the Western Conference, and yet he doesn’t have a contract. Turns out that’s because the exact value of keeping Brooks is somewhat of a disagreement point for the Thunder and Brooks (and his agent). From Yahoo Sports:

What’s more, Brooks is still working to solidify his own future as Oklahoma City coach. GM Sam Presti wants him back when his contract expires at the end of the Finals, but league sources say Presti has offered a three-year deal worth just under $11 million that Brooks and his agent weren’t willing to accept in the past. They’ve set aside talks for the playoffs, and compromise could come with a guaranteed fourth year. The Thunder needed to see Brooks take one more step with this young team before committing too far into the long term, and Brooks delivered with a conference final victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

via Thunder trying to prove NBA Finals experience doesn’t matter – Yahoo! Sports.

You have to imagine that Brooks has already won himself a larger contract than that with this playoff run. Winning a championship in particular puts him in a whole other price range. There’s also the value of keeping the stars happy, as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will want to retain Brooks should they win the title. There’s a psychological effect that draws people to want to stick together after success like that.

Brooks has been instrumental in crafting this team, in developing Westbook, Harden, Durant, and Ibaka. He’s built a solid roster with great chemistry that plays together. He’s done what’s been asked. He won’t be leaving the Thunder, but it’s going to wind up costing them. It’s difficult to see the Thunder wanting anyone else to take the reins.

  1. dal24la - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    “No one’s talking about Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers getting out-coached at the end of their series.”
    Maybe it is just me but I don’t think Doc got out coached so much as he was just a victim of Lebron James historical greatness in Game 6 and all of the Big 3 playing phenomenal in Game 7.

  2. dirtybird2020 - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Hell no! The heats coach isnt half the coach river is! Its what you called outmanned and are old as hell! Retarded article! Rivers wouldve had a ring last year in miami, heat suck and are still out coached!

  3. lucky5934 - Jun 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    The Thunder needed to see Brooks take one more step with this young team before committing too far into the long term,

    With the growth the Thunder have shown in such a short time, the team mgt better up the offer to four years. It is not very often a coach guides a team from the lottery, to the playoffs, to the conference finals, and then to the NBA finals in four years. Coach Brooks has taken huge steps in a short amount of time. The Thender mgt need to appreciate his accomplishments and pay the man what he deserves.

  4. philadelphiafan - Jun 17, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Regardless of the outcome of the finals, Brooks deserves it. Mgmt should have resolved this early on because if OKC ends up winning the title, his price tag will be a lot higher. Pay the man.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    What a lowball offer! Where’s the respect and appriciation!? Lucky5934 and philadelphiafan ^ nailed it with their post. Took the words right out of my mouth.

  6. BigBeachBall - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    brooks is just keeping the seat warm for phil jackson anyways…

  7. biggiej7tblaza - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Break out the check book because someones getting paid. Having KD sit wasn’t the brightest move. Although, it might just turn the light on to find the weakness and exploit it.

    Biggie J

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