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.
Russell Westbrook has agreed to a five-year, $205M contract extension with OKC, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 29, 2017
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:
THUNDER NATION!!! Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Does Westbrook signing the Designated Player Extension help OKC’s chances of retaining Paul George and Carmelo Anthony next season?
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Yes, on both counts!
Yes, but only one will stay. (say which in comments below)
No, both will make like bread trucks and haul buns next season.