Brooks still wants to return to coaching in the future, but wants to use the next year to "look at television opportunities and reconnect with his family living in California," reports Wojnarowski.
The Thunder fired Brooks last month after seven seasons. The 49-year-old was 338–207 over his time in Oklahoma City and led the team to five straight playoff appearances.
ESPN reported Monday that the Pelicans received permission to interview Golden State Warriors' associate head coach Alvin Gentry for their vacancy. Gentry and Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau are reported to be New Orleans' leading candidates.
On Tuesday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Kentucky coach John Calipari is interested in the Pelicans job, a report that Calipari later denied.
SI.com's Chris Mannix reports that Gentry and former NBA coach Mike D’Antoni are believed to be on the Nuggets' radar.
- Molly Geary