As of 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Scott Brooks no longer is under contract as the Thunder's coach, but negotiations continue to progress on a potential four-year deal.
“Things are looking good,” Brooks said via text late Saturday.
No agreement had been reached as of late Saturday, contrary to reports implying otherwise.
“As we always say, the conversations themselves have to stay internal,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Saturday morning at the introductory news conference for first-round draft choice Perry Jones III. “But we've talked quite a bit about how important we feel Scott is, not only to the team but also to the organization and the fact that we wouldn't be in this position without his contributions. So, I can tell you that we feel like things are progressing. Our feelings remain consistent.
“And Scott, I think, has made it clear that this is an organization that he wants to be a part of and continue with. But until anything's finalized, it would be premature for me to make any further comment.”
The 46-year-old Brooks became OKC's interim coach after the team started out 1-12 in the 2008-09 season under coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Brooks has since gone 174-125 (.582) in the regular season and 24-19 (.558) in the postseason.
He reportedly made $2.1 million last season when the Thunder picked up the option year on his three-year deal.