Russell Westbrook Agrees to Contract Extension with Thunder

Russell Westbrook Agrees to Contract Extension with Thunder

The point guard signed a five-year contract extension worth $205 million Friday to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

That anxiety seems to have all been for naught, as Westbrook was either waiting to take the deal on Durant's birthday, or it's an awfully big coincidence that he agreed to the richest contract in National Basketball Association history on the same day the guy with whom he's spent a season beefing was born 29 years ago.

Westbrook is coming off a historic season where he eclipsed Oscar Robertson's 55-year-old triple-double record and joined the Big O as the only two players in league history to average a triple-double for an entire season. After losing Kevin Durant to free agency past year with nothing in exchange, it is obvious that Sam Presti and company don't want to make a similar mistake with Westbrook.

The Thunder reloaded a year after Kevin Durant's departure by adding Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, but OKC made it clear Friday who will lead the franchise going forward.

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.

"Like I said before, man, this is a place I want to be", Westbrook said on Monday. Westbrook was one of the players expected to be hotly pursued in free agency this summer by big market squads like the Los Angeles Lakers.

The news on Friday afternoon was a welcome surprise for Oklahoma City Thunder fans.

"I am so honoured to have the opportunity to continue my career here with the Thunder".

The Thunder had an impressive offseason, re-signing Westbrook while also trading role players and young pieces to add All-Star forwards Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

Westbrook's total contract exceeds the $228 commitment the Houston Rockets gave his former Thunder teammate James Harden through 2022-23 earlier this summer.

For Thunder general manager Sam Presti, Westbrook's contract was a straightforward pursuit: Offer him the super-max extension, and he either signs it or he doesn't.

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