Вторник, 12 Декабря, 2017

Russell Westbrook signs 5-year extension that gives him $233 million contract

Darnell Mayberry joins The Athletic Chicago as new Bulls beat writer Oklahoma City Thunder Rumors: Should Fans Worry About Russell Westbrook Moving if Extension Deadline Passes?
Elias Hubbard | 01 Октября, 2017, 00:49

Westbrook signed a multi-year contract extension with the Thunder Friday, saying there is "no place I'd rather be than Oklahoma City".

The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the team had not disclosed the deal. Earlier in the summer, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry inked a five-year max contract worth US$201 million (AU$256 million).

After Kevin Durant's departure, the Thunder worked creatively to find elite teammates for Westbrook, who averaged a triple-double last season (36.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists) on his way to winning Most Valuable Player.

Twitter dwellers noticed and celebrated an interesting coincidence - that the Westbrook-Thunder deal was finalized on Durant's 29th birthday.

Westbrook was patient with OKC Thunder GM Sam Presti, and this summer Presti repaid Westbrook's patience with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

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While adding players as talented as George and Anthony is great, the best thing the Thunder did this offseason was convince Russell Westbrook to commit to the organization long-term.

Anthony is one of three players in the NBA (LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki) with a no-trade clause built into his contract. He also recently signed a new 10-year shoe contract with Jordan Brand. His 2018-19 salary, the first year of the extension, will be $35.3 million. If teams can afford to pay a player like Westbrook that much money, why shouldn't they?

Westbrook couldn't have picked a better time to agree to such a historic deal, as he is just a season removed from his historic 2016-17 outing.

Russell Westbrook will play in OKC for at least the next six years. It'll be bigger if Anthony and George return, with a final number dependent on the NBA's revenue from the upcoming season. "I had a feeling he wanted to remain a Thunder". That thought was prevailing around the National Basketball Association, as well, with multiple executives who outsiders thought could have had a shot at Westbrook in free agency believing the nine-year veteran would commit to Oklahoma City for the future.

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