Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 6/25/12

Let's just get this out of the way before the NBA offseason gets any further along:

Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy's name will be floated about with any present and future head coaching vacancies until they officially sign on the dotted line.

No one knows this more lately than the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Since losing to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals and in full force over the weekend, both Jackson and Van Gundy's name were linked to the Thunder with the pending future of current head coach Scott Brooks' contract extension with the team up in the air.

On Sunday afternoon, Thunder general manager Sam Presti put a verbal stop to that rumor mill before it spun out of control.

"To me, it's rubbish," Presti said when asked about an ESPN report that Jackson and Van Gundy were being considered if the Thunder could not re-sign Brooks.

"Scotty is an integral part of our organization and critical to our success. We value him greatly and we're looking forward to having those (contract) conversations, as he said, in the coming days.

"He's been integral to our success. We wouldn't be the situation that we're in without him and his commitment to our organization and our players."

The "rubbish" comment can be equally applied to those who believe Brooks should not be back on the sidelines for Oklahoma City.

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