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Wojnarowski: Thunder's Scott Brooks Could Use Blazers As Leverage?

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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks has turned down a three-year contract extension offer and that he could use the Portland Trail Blazers' open coaching position as leverage in ongoing negotiations with the Thunder. ---------------------------------- Brooks is still working to solidify his own future as Oklahoma City coach. GM Sam Presti wants him back when his contract expires at the end of the Finals, but league sources say Presti has offered a three-year deal worth just under $11 million that Brooks and his agent weren't willing to accept in the past. They've set aside talks for the playoffs, and compromise could come with a guaranteed fourth year. The Thunder needed to see Brooks take one more step with this young team before committing too far into the long term, and Brooks delivered with a conference final victory over the San Antonio Spurs. It isn't beyond possibility that Brooks tries to use the Portland and Orlando jobs as leverage at season's end, but it's hard to imagine him walking away from this Thunder core – with or without a title. ---------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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