Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook agrees to 5-year, $205 million extension

by Steven Clarke September 30, 2017, 0:17
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook agrees to 5-year, $205 million extension

In the statement, Westbrook said there was no place he'd rather be than Oklahoma City and that he was "so honored" to continue his career with the Thunder.

The deal starts with the 2018-19 season, and delivers Westbrook the biggest guaranteed contract in National Basketball Association history - six seasons and $233 million through 2022-23.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook agreed to terms Friday on a five-year, $205 million contract extension, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The MVP of the league a year ago, Westbrook averaged a triple-double with more than 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game. Because of Westbrook's contract extension, there's at least a better chance that George and Anthony will choose do to do the same.

In the days since Oklahoma City was eliminated from last season's playoffs, the Thunder roster has been completely revitalized. Over the course of three months, the Thunder traded for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, giving up just Enes Kanter, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Doug McDermott, and second-round pick in exchange. He agreed to the deal on Durant's 29th birthday.

While many players have jumped to teams in search of championships, it appears that is not the case with Russell Westbrook.

It also gives Westbrook the "biggest guaranteed contract in National Basketball Association history".

"We are extremely fortunate to have an athlete, competitor and person such as Russell wear the Thunder uniform", Presti said.

By adding George and Anthony, Oklahoma City went all in on the 2017-2018 National Basketball Association season, putting together a roster that could conceivably be the biggest threat to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.

Westbrook was selected fourth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft and has been named to six All-Star teams in his nine seasons. Westbrook led the league in scoring with 31.6 points per game to go with 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.

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