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Russell Westbrook agrees to five-year, $205M extension with Oklahoma City Thunder

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It’s official, Westbrook has done what we’ve waited for nearly all summer. After this extension, fans of Oklahoma City will have the privilege of watching the Brodie wreck havoc on court for another SIX years.

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In a Twitter report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Russell Westbrook has agreed to extend his time with the Thunder for five more years, receiving $205 million. This extension comes right after Westbrook announcing on media day, that Oklahoma City is where he wants to continue his career, and the long summer of suspense was due to him spending time with his new-born baby.

Westbrook's five-year deal makes him the owner of the largest contract in NBA history (five years valued at $205 million). Combining Westbrook's new contract with his existing deal, the reigning MVP will earn over $233 million over the next 6 seasons. For Thunder fans, after the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, both of which having stated their long-term interest in OKC, and the hopes of a championship, the timing of the extension could not come at a better time. Thunder GM Sam Presti has already had an all-star executive summer and with this extension getting finalized, he now has a solid campaign in convincing George to stay small-market.

Westbrook, a proven barrier breaker after a historical MVP season in which he broke Oscar Robertson's 50-year-old triple double record, continued to show the world how a small-market team can compete in a big-market league.

Sam Presti’s statement:

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Does Westbrook signing the Designated Player Extension help OKC’s chances of retaining Paul George and Carmelo Anthony next season?

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  • 73%
    Yes, on both counts!
    (360 votes)
  • 21%
    Yes, but only one will stay. (say which in comments below)
    (103 votes)
  • 5%
    No, both will make like bread trucks and haul buns next season.
    (27 votes)
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