Brooks, Thunder agree to new deal
The Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder worked out a deal with coach Scott Brooks that should be finalized soon.
Brooks' agent, Warren LeGarie, told SI.com that the deal is agreed on for four years and approximately $4 million per year.
He acknowledged that the negotiations weren't always smooth, and that the notion of the deal not getting done seemed entirely possible during the process.
"Anything worthwhile in life sometimes you have to go through some difficult moments and ultimately realize it's something you want," LeGarie said. "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."
With Portland and Orlando having head coaching vacancies, the odds of Brooks becoming a candidate for those positions increased the longer the talks continued.
"That was certainly a concern (that Brooks would be forced to look to coach elsewhere), yes," LeGarie said.