The latest on the contract negotiations between the Oklahoma City Thunder and coach Scott Brooks is that the two are far apart, with no new deal in sight. The Thunder have been egregiously underpaying Brooks who made $1.9 million in 2010-2011 and $2.1 million last season. Under Brooks the Thunder have improved each season going from missing the playoffs in 2008 to becoming Western Conference champions this past season. The team is now offering him a four-year deal worth $16 million.
This may not sound bad considering that Rick Carlisle's raise after winning the championship last year put his salary at $4.6 million a year, and the Bull's Tom Thibodeau is currently making $2 million a year, despite his team being at the top of their conference the past few seasons. But then again, the Thunder did sweep the Mavs in the playoffs this year, and he was underpaid for the last two years, so he might be trying to get some of that money back. With no end to this conflict in the immediate future, the Thunder might have to start taking calls from other coaches if they can't reach a deal. Fresh off the Finals loss, these are tough times for Kevin Durant and the rest of the team. #ThunderUp?