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.
I would put the chances of Brooks returning next year, regardless of what happens the next two weeks, at around 99 percent. There’s posturing going on, and rightfully so. The better the Thunder do, the higher the price tag is. But Brooks doesn’t want to go anywhere else and I doubt the Thunder have their eye on a different coach.