Published: Sat, September 30, 2017
Research | By Derrick Holloway

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

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

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

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has signed the "super-max" extension to stay with the franchise long-term, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

We believe Westbrook received the now-famous Designated Veteran extension, a offer that pays a singular player 35% of the cap.

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Westbrook, 28, now has the biggest total contract in National Basketball Association history, totaling $233 million over six seasons including 2017-18.

"We recognize and deeply appreciate Russell's rare and unique abilities as he leads the Oklahoma City Thunder, but also understand his presence and impact on our community will be felt for decades to come", Bennett said. Westbrook agreeing to this move dumps cold water all over the Lakers rumors, and this suggests the Thunder could wind up keeping their core together as well. In addition to the guaranteed money Anthony gets in returning to Oklahoma City, he now knows Westbrook will be here long term.

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Westbrook averaged a triple-double last season and was fantastic individually, but he lacked the team success that validates a superstar.

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It is understandable that Westbrook may not want to lock himself into a situation where he annually puts up eye-popping numbers for teams that may have no real shot at winning the championship. That security allowed the Thunder to pursue George and Anthony this summer.

With Andre Roberson and Paul George, they have a great defensive backcourt, and Steven Adams can protect the rim very well. It'll just be expensive, something the Thunder isn't afraid of considering they'd be fielding one of the strongest teams in the league. It'll be bigger if Anthony and George return, with a final number dependent on the NBA's revenue from the upcoming season.

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