Report: Thunder uncertain about bringing back coach Scott Brooks
The Thunder finished 45–37 this season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Since taking over head coaching duties early in the 2008–09 season, Brooks has compiled a 338–207 record. Oklahoma City made the playoffs in each of his first five full seasons, including an appearance in the 2012 Finals.
Brooks’ contract is guaranteed for next season with a team option for the 2016–17 campaign. While the Thunder battled injuries to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka this season, Wojnarowski reports the team has not decided if Brooks will return next season.
Several league sources close to Brooks have doubts about his job security.
Wojnarowksi also reports University of Florida coach Billy Donovan could emerge as a candidate for the job if Brooks is fired. Earlier this month, it was reported that Donovan is looking to jump to the NBA.
Durant, who had bone graft surgery in March, is entering the final season of his contract with the Thunder. He has been a vocal supporter of Brooks in the past.
- Paul Palladino