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Next Thunder member due a pay raise: coach Scott Brooks

Oklahoma City's coach is in the final year of his contract.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: January 23, 2012

Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is now under contract through the 2016-17 season and will be surrounded by familiar faces for several seasons.

Two-time scoring champ Kevin Durant is signed through 2015-16, Kendrick Perkins and Nick Collison are signed through 2014-15 and Thabo Sefolosha through 2013-14.

Next on the agenda are rookie contract extensions for James Harden, Serge Ibaka and Eric Mayor, who are signed through 2012-13, as is Daequan Cook.

Rarely has an NBA team been able to re-sign its top nine players for an extended period of time. For OKC to be in position to do so is somewhat unfathomable.

However, quietly the clock ticks even faster on another key “core” component of the franchise's continuing success.

This is the final contract year of coach Scott Brooks, whose winning percentage has climbed steadily since becoming the Thunder's coach – from 22-47 (.319) as interim coach in 2008-09, to 50-32 (.610) his first full season, to 55-27 (.671) last season, to 14-3 (.823) so far this season.

Asked Monday morning if he was concerned about extending his contract, the 46-year-old Brooks smiled and said: “I've got a contract. I have a job. There are 30 great jobs in the NBA, and I've got one of them. I'm with a great organization, a great place to be.”

Brooks is represented by agent Warren LeGarie, who represents many NBA coaches and front-office executives.

Brooks said he has no expectations to what a new deal might entail. “We'll see,” Brooks said with a shrug. “I'm not even focused on that. I've got a group of guys who love to be coach, and it's fun to see their development. That's all I'm focusing on.”

Thunder general manager Sam Presti reiterated his policy of not publicly discussing contract negotiations involving team personnel, but added, “I think everybody knows how we feel about Scotty, and we hope he remains with the organization for many years to come.

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