Thunder agree to extension with Scott Brooks

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Scott Brooks has signed a multiyear extension to return as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

General manager Sam Presti announced Monday that Brooks agreed to a new contract, less than two weeks after the Thunder lost in five games to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

The team did not disclose terms of the contract. Other media outlets have reported the deal is for four years at more than $4 million per year.

Brooks’ previous deal was allowed to expire Saturday before the sides could come to an agreement on the terms. Brooks took over the Thunder early in the 2008-09 season and has led the team to the playoffs each of the past three seasons.

CLIPPERS: Lamar Odom surveyed the bank of cameras with a practiced eye, subtly adjusting his impeccable suit and tie before stepping back into the spotlight.

This star of hoops and reality TV is right at home in Hollywood, and he’s incredibly grateful to be back with his original NBA team.

Odom formally joined the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday following a four-team trade last week, vowing to revitalize his career with a once-downtrodden franchise now on the verge of title contention.

“It’s an opportunity to redeem myself and an opportunity to come home, and you can’t pass at that,” said Odom, who will wear his old No. 7. “This city has been great to me, and I love being here. ... This is my home. I grew up in New York, and I’m a New Yorker to the heart, but I’m so grateful to be able to wear these colors and represent the town. I’m lucky.”

He’s also lucky to be out of Dallas, where he was miserable on and off the court last season after the Lakers abruptly traded the two-time champion before the lockout-shortened season. Odom foundered in a 50-game stint with the Mavericks, leading many to wonder whether the emotional big man had lost his passion for basketball.

MAGIC: General manager Rob Hennigan says that Dwight Howard told him in a face-to-face meeting last week that he would like to be traded, and that his preference is to be dealt to the Brooklyn Nets.

Hennigan said Monday that Howard singling out one team complicates any potential trade scenarios, but he has not committed to honoring that demand and said he will keep communication lines open between both the All-Star and his agent.

The deal to Brooklyn, however, now seems unlikely after the Nets made a deal to acquire All-Star guard Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

CELTICS: President Danny Ainge is determined to keep the team’s Big Three in Boston next season.

Ainge said Monday he is hoping to keep intact the aging trio of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, who brought the Celtics their first NBA championship in 22 years in 2008.

Pierce is already under contract and Garnett has reportedly agreed to a new three-year deal that can’t be finalized until July 11 – the first day free agents can officially sign.

What’s left for Ainge is to convince Allen, a free agent, to stay.


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