Despite a history of success and no foreseeable reason to end the relationship, the Oklahoma City Thunder and head coach Scott Brooks remain far apart in contract negotiations, according to an ESPN.com report. "We're not close," a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPN.com, "and the clock is ticking." Since taking over for P.J. Carlesimo after a 1-12 start to the 2008-09 season, the Thunder has been a team on the rise. In Brooks' first full season as head coach, the team qualified for the 2010 playoffs, and reached the 2011 Western Conference finals the following year. This season, they took the Miami Heat to five game before losing in the NBA Championship. For his effort, Brooks has been underpaid for the past two seasons, earning $1.9 million and $2.1 million, respectively. The team originally offered a three-year extension worth between $11 million and $12 million before the season, then increased that offer to about four years for $16 million.
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