Published: Sat, September 30, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Russel Westbrook signs 5-year extension with Thunder, according to ESPN

Russel Westbrook signs 5-year extension with Thunder, according to ESPN

The move is also critical for new Thunder players Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, who both have player options on their deals after this season. Now, the Thunder just need to sell George and Anthony. "I am extremely grateful to Russell, his family and to our ownership for the commitment and support that they have demonstrated in supporting our vision for the Thunder".

The Thunder and Russell Westbrook have come to terms on contract extension which will reward the 2016-17 Most Valuable Player with the largest deal in National Basketball Association history, The Oklahoman confirmed Friday. By making the All-NBA First Team, Westbrook could receive a super-max deal from the Thunder, which was created by the most recent collective bargaining agreement. Westbrook had said he wanted to remain in Oklahoma City, but some mystery remained about why he had not signed it.

For weeks and months, speculation had been building over whether the OKC star was going to re-sign or simply wait until the end of the season to decide his future with another team. In addition, it's apparent the Oklahoma City Thunder's front office wants to make a major commitment to Westbrook as their main star heading forward. This contract will make the biggest total amount in National Basketball Association history - amassing six years and $233.5 million. "His salary in 2018-19, when the extension begins, will start at $35.3 million".

That, however, only got the Thunder so far. The Warriors are the odds-on favorites to win the 2018 NBA Finals, while the San Antonio Spurs and Rockets are still largely viewed as the second and third best teams in the West. Oklahoma City is not a small market and typically has trouble attracting top free agents.

As Wojnarowski noted, in 2016, Westbrook signed a three-year extension with the Thunder, assuring he wouldn't flee immediately in the wake of Durant's decision.

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