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Thunder Retain Scott Brooks

The Thunder and coach Scott Brooks have finalized a new four-year deal with coach Scott Brooks, the team announced. It's a four-year deal worth about $18MM, reports Royce Young of The team will hold a press conference to announce the signing Tuesday.

“Continuing with Scott as our head coach is extremely significant for the future of our organization," Thunder GM Sam Presti said in the release. "As we have continually communicated, he has been integral to our success and we have a deep appreciation for his tireless dedication to our players’ development. His experiences and core values are invaluable to our players as they continue to grow and improve and we are thrilled to continue our partnership."

Negotiations dragged on much longer than expected for the coach of the Western Conference champions. The Thunder was initially resistant to going beyond two or three years, and Aldridge reported Thursday that $4MM per year was the "tipping point" for Brooks. The Thunder reportedly considered Jeff Van Gundy and Phil Jackson as backup plans, but it appears now that they'll be retaining Brooks, who made $2.1MM in 2011/12.

TNT's David Aldridge first reported that the two sides had come to an agreement. 


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