Former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks will reportedly pass on head coaching interviews this season, and he intends on sitting out the season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
It starts with turning down requests from the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans, which Brooks will do. While Wojnarowski says Brooks, 49, does want to coach again, he’s more likely to look at television gigs this season, in addition to spending more time with his family in California.
Brooks spent the previous seven seasons coaching the Oklahoma City Thunder and guiding them to an NBA Finals appearance in 2012. He was named the 2010 NBA Coach of the Year.
After failing to make the playoffs this season, the Thunder fired Brooks and hired Florida’s Billy Donovan to take over as head coach.
Brooks will be an intriguing option for young teams. A team like the Orlando Magic has been rumored because of its young nucleus and connections to the Magic front office. Brooks’ best component was the player development under him. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook became stars, Serge Ibaka improves every season and even Reggie Jackson came a long way from his rookie season as a late first round pick.
Even if Brooks takes the year off, he’ll still receive his full pay from the final year of his contract in Oklahoma City.