Russell Westbrook signs 5-year extension with OKC Thunder

Ashley Carr
October 1, 2017

Russell Westbrook has signed the largest contract in National Basketball Association history after penning a five-year, $205 million extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the team had not disclosed the deal.

Terms were not disclosed but several media outlets reported the extension was worth $205 million.

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

George has yet to suit up for the Thunder, but he's sounded open to re-signing with Oklahoma City since he arrived in a July 6 trade with the Indiana Pacers. The risk in trading for George and Anthony is that both can leave in free agency next summer.

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It is not the most positive sign for Thunder fans that Westbrook is still not signed to the team long-term, but it may just have to be something they deal with as they get ready to again witness the dynamic guard do his thing this upcoming National Basketball Association season. Thunder fans may have been on pins and needles, but if Russell Westbrook has proven anything over the course of his nine-year National Basketball Association career, it's that when the chips are down, he's the guy you want in your corner. If Westbrook and Anthony are committed to staying, coupled with a successful season, George's decision becomes tougher. That means that Westbrook has the richest contract in the history of the National Basketball Association, one he has earned and will make worthwhile for Oklahoma City. Since then, the athletic point guard quickly developed into one of the league's brightest stars and formed a formidable 1-2 punch with Kevin Durant.

The MVP of the league past year, Westbrook averaged a triple-double with more than 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game.

It's very much possible that Westbrook is now sold on the direction of the Thunder.

After all, from a financial perspective, there may be no more reason for Westbrook to hold out on signing the contract extension.

Westbrook is entering the final year of his current deal, which will pay him $28.5 million. Oklahoma City is not a small market and typically has trouble attracting top free agents. He also stated a year ago that Westbrook reminds him of his younger self, since he feels that he still has so much more to prove for the rest of his career.

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