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Thunder's Westbrook signs $205M deal

01 October, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • 0:47 | NBA         Report Russell Westbrook Signs Five-Year $205M Extension with Thunder

He did not speak with reporters Saturday, but is scheduled to do so Sunday following a community event and intrasquad scrimmage at a local high school.

Westbrook, who broke the National Basketball Association record for the most triple-doubles in a season with 42 in 2016-17, had been entering the second season of a three-year, $85.6m deal that is set to pay him $28.5m this season. "29", Cornett began in a video he tweeted out before signing a document to make Russell Westbrook Day a daily occurrence.

A few months after they put the offer on the table, Russell Westbrook has reportedly agreed to sign a 5-year, $205M extension with the team.

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

Shareif Ziyadat  Getty Images
Shareif Ziyadat Getty Images

Jun 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook poses for photos with his 2017 NBA most valuable player award during the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36. His 2018-19 salary, the first year of the extension, will be $35.3 million.

None of this is to say Westbrook can't still be an All-Star by the end of his extension. "We are extremely fortunate to have an athlete, competitor and person such as Russell wear the Thunder uniform. WHY NOT?" he said - a sentiment he echoed in an Instagram post Friday afternoon.

Westbrook won the 2016-17 NBA MVP after setting the league's record for most triple-doubles in a single season and finished the year averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. After the last offseason, when Kevin Durant departed for the Golden State Warriors, they could not afford to lose Westbrook. If Westbrook and Anthony are committed to staying, coupled with a successful season, George's decision becomes tougher. My SCHOENE projection system gives just one player since 1990 a similarity score of greater than 90 to Westbrook (on a 100-point scale) at the same age: Dwyane Wade during his 2009-10 season, the year before he joined forces with LeBron James and Chris Bosh. The extension officially begins in the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season, and Westbrook has an opt out after the 2021-22 season.


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