HoopsHype Scott Brooks rumors

July 3, 2012 Updates

“I believe in players. I believe that you have to figure out ways to get them better, and you have to look at their weaknesses and address their weaknesses but you don't focus on all their weaknesses,” Brooks said. “You focus on what they do (well) and you bring it all together. I've always felt the best coaches that I've had are the ones that empowered me, that think that I was a little bit better than I was. I've always felt that if you're able to do that, the players are going to give you more than they think they can give you.” Oklahoman

Everyman remains the coach; Brooks still looks and acts like the friendly insurance adjuster who lives across the street. Still is the aw-shucks coach who charms his team of baby Boomers and gets them to play fanatically. But now Brooks is making in the neighborhood of $4.5 million a year. That's Laker/Maverick money. That's what Mike Brown gets paid to win championships in LA and Rick Carlisle gets paid to do the same in Dallas. That's more money than the Thunder pays Thabo Sefolosha or Nick Collison, and it asks the former to guard LeBron James and the latter to slow Dirk Nowitzki. Oklahoman

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No agreement had been reached as of late Saturday, contrary to reports implying otherwise. “As we always say, the conversations themselves have to stay internal,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Saturday morning at the introductory news conference for first-round draft choice Perry Jones III. “But we've talked quite a bit about how important we feel Scott is, not only to the team but also to the organization and the fact that we wouldn't be in this position without his contributions. So, I can tell you that we feel like things are progressing. Our feelings remain consistent. Oklahoman

After months of discussions that went down to the wire, the Oklahoma City Thunder and coach Scott Brooks have reached basic agreement on the numbers of a new four-year contract in excess of $4 million annually, and were working out contract language Saturday night with the hopes of getting the deal done on Sunday, when Brooks's current deal expires, according to a league source. NBA.com

While most NBA teams spent Saturday preparing to make a run at players who will become free agents at midnight Eastern time Sunday, the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder continued their attempt to hold onto their coach. Scott Brooks, who has played such a pivotal role in the Thunder's rise after taking over 13 games into the 2008-09 season that was the team's first in Oklahoma City, is set to become a free agent on Sunday. And according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the two sides aren't as close to a deal as had been previously believed. SI.com

"Still working on it," the source said on Saturday afternoon. Asked if the talks were heading in a positive direction, the source said, "Never easy to tell." SI.com

The first couple of questions asked weren’t the ones everyone’s been wanting to ask. But today during the welcoming news conference for Thunder 2012 draft pick Perry Jones III when they were asked the answers were what most fans probably wanted to hear. First to the Brooks question, late reports nationally have indicated the Thunder and Scott Brooks are closing in on a new deal. Presti certainly didn’t throw cold water on any of that speculation. “We’ve talked quite a bit about how important Scott is,” Presti told a crowd of reporters and basketball campers, “we wouldn’t be in this position (coming off a trip to The Finals) without his contributions. I can tell you we feel like things are progressing, our feelings remain consistent and Scott has made it clear that this is an organization that he wants to be a part of.” DailyThunder.com

The Oklahoma City Thunder and coach Scott Brooks are closing in at last 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, following slow-moving talks that had still left the sides well apart by the end of the NBA Finals earlier this month, will soon finalize a new four-year deal to follow up the contract that expires Saturday. ESPN.com

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," said one source briefed on the discussions. ESPN.com

Contrary to a report published earlier in the day, a source familiar with the situation said late Friday that negotiations for Thunder coach Scott Brooks' contract extension are “progressing.” Oklahoman

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