Yahoo Sources: Scott Brooks' future as Oklahoma City Thunder coach uncertain. http://t.co/TK5ZTEirT0— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 16, 2015
Brooks is guaranteed for the 2015-16 season on his deal, and the Thunder have a team option for the 2016-17 season. OKC finished the season 45-37, tied with the New Orleans Pelicans, but lose the 8th seed due to the Pelicans owning the tie-breaker. Even without a playoff spot, Brooks has been relatively successful as coach during this injury plagued season. He won Coach of the Year in 2010 and led the Thunder to the Finals in 2012.
However, sources have doubts about his job security, as the Thunder are missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season and much will need to be evaluated in the offseason.
If Brooks does get fired, sources say that Billy Donovan, coach of the University of Florida, will be a top candidate to take over. Donovan is a two time NCAA Champion and is open about his interest in becoming an NBA coach. Presti and Donovan have had a friendship for years.
Brooks has been coach since 2008 but has been criticized for his lack of offensive creativity and inability to win a championship with his superstar filled lineup.
As a matter of contrast, Woj also reported this:
Ownership gave GM Dell Demps and Monty Williams preseason mandate to make playoffs to keep jobs, w/ no allowance for injuries. They made it.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 16, 2015
Coaching in the NBA is a high stakes business, and the Thunder will need to decide in the next few weeks whether they stay the course, or make drastic changes leading into what will be the final year of Kevin Durant's contract, a negotiation that could re-make the NBA landscape.