Jun 21, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks reacts on the sideline against the Miami Heat during the first quarter of game five in the 2012 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Oklahoma City Thunder And Scott Brooks Agree To 4-Year Deal

The Thunder finally re-sign Brooks up for another four-year term.

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Scott Brooks Contract: Thunder GM Sam Presti Praises New Deal For Head Coach

The Oklahoma City Thunder found themselves in an interesting scenario earlier this week when the contract for head coach Scott Brooks was completed without another one ready at the time to take its place. In short, Brooks was a free agent coach for a while. Few coaches ever get to that point unless they were already out the door, especially ones that just took their team to the NBA Finals.

However, Sam Presti insisted a deal was always going to get finished and now Brooks is the man for another four years. With the way that Presti spoke after the deal was announced, it’s a wonder why it ever came down to the eleventh hour.

"His contributions are enormous," Presti said. "We wouldn’t be in this situation where we feel really good about our future without him."

Presti went on to detail Brooks’ rise in the ranks of coaching and why he’s the right man to continue the job of coaching stars like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

"He started as an assistant coach and has grown into the position he’s in as one of the top coaches in the NBA," Presti said. "A big part of that also is that he really understands our organization. He understands what works here, he believes in it and he takes those things to the court every single day, be it practice or games.

“He really has embraced the vision for the program, and he embodies it in a lot of ways himself. And we’re thrilled to have him continue with us."

For more on the Oklahoma City Thunder check out Welcome To Loud City. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA page.

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Scott Brooks Contract Negotiations Apparently Rougher With Oklahoma City Thunder Than Expected

Taking one quick look at the 2011-12 season of the Oklahoma City Thunder, it’d be easy to assume a tight-knit locker room and a front office proud of everyone involved in the positive direction the team took in year four under head coach Scott Brooks. The team won the Western Conference, showed incredible toughness in the NBA Playoffs and showed how dynamic they will be for years to come.

Instead, as Brooks entered his contract year, Sam Presti and company were eerily silent on bringing back Brooks as their head coach. While they would say the right quotes from time to time when pressed about the subject, the team’s actions would have done the loudest talking. When it came down to it, Brooks even officially became a free agent coach for a few minutes when the clock struck midnight on Sunday.

Of course, the team reached the deal in the end that Presti said would happen and it will all become water under the bridge soon enough. But there’s no denying that there was a bit of drama going on with some smoke leading to rumors about Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy replacing him. While those might have been over-the-top, it’s at least a sign that the process of re-signing on both sides wasn’t just a quick nod and smile.

As Brooks signed the four year agreement he just reached, his agent Warren LeGarie had some interesting words.

"Anything worthwhile in life sometimes you have to go through some difficult moments and ultimately realize it’s something you want," LeGarie told Sports Illustrated. "You have to realize that, ultimately, this is something that’s very important to me and I think that’s what Scott decided. Clearly he feels that whatever went on was worth it to him because he ultimately is where he wanted to be."

In the end, this will be a non-issue as the team is clearly going to win with anyone at the helm. Brooks also has a complete postseason of experience to pull from now and a roster that’s continually developing, maturing and gaining new assets like Perry Jones in the draft. Still it’s interesting to find there were bumps in the road to get here.

For more on the Oklahoma City Thunder check out Welcome To Loud City. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA page.

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