Technically, the Thunder was without a coach for roughly 40 hours before Scott Brooks signed a new multi-year contract Monday to remain as coach of the Western Conference champions.
Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Previous reports have detailed it as a four-year deal worth between $16 million and $18 million, fully guaranteed.
The 46-year-old Brooks is believed to have made $2.1 million last season, which was the final year of his initial three-year deal as OKC's coach. That contract expired at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
"Continuing with Scott as our head coach is extremely significant for the future of our organization," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement released Monday night. "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."
The team has called an 11 a.m. news conference Tuesday to announce the signing.
Efforts to reach Brooks on Monday night were unsuccessful.
Brooks became the Thunder's interim coach on Nov. 22, 2008, after P.J. Carlesimo was fired following a 1-12 start.
In Brooks' three full seasons as coach, the Thunder advanced to the playoffs each season and had the third-most victories (152) in the NBA behind the San Antonio Spurs (161) and Chicago Bulls (153).
Brooks is 174-125 (.582) during the regular season and 24-19 (.558) in the postseason.
The Thunder this season won its second straight Northwest Division title and defeated the Spurs 4-2 for the Western Conference crown.
OKC then lost 4-1 to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
"I would like to thank Clay Bennett and Sam Presti for the opportunity to continue with the Thunder," Brooks said in the statement. "Oklahoma City is a special place and I'm eager to build upon the foundation and culture of this franchise for years to come."
After guiding the Thunder to the best record in the Western Conference at the midway point this past season, Brooks and his entire staff represented the Thunder at the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, which the West won 152-149.
Brooks was name 2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year award after his first full season in charge of the Thunder, during which he led the team to a 27-win improvement to 50-32, tying for the eighth-biggest turnaround in league history.
Despite not being drafted, Brooks had a 10-year (1988-98) playing career in the NBA, appearing in 680 regular season games with Philadelphia, Minnesota, Houston, Dallas, New York and Cleveland.
Brooks advanced to the postseason six of his 10 NBA seasons and was a member of the 1994 world champion Houston Rockets. He had career averages of 4.9 points and 2.4 assists per game.
A native of Lathrop, Calif., Brooks began his collegiate career at Texas Christian University, where he played one season. He transferred to San Joaquin Delta College for his sophomore season and spent his final two years at UC-Irvine, where he averaged 23.8 points per game as a senior.