Thunder Sign Westbrook To Richest Deal In NBA History

Thunder Sign Westbrook To Richest Deal In NBA History

You'd think with the access he has to Russell Westbrook, he would have been one of the first people to learn about the five-year extension, worth a projected $205 million, that the reigning MVP finalized Friday.

The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the team had not disclosed the deal. This extension is worth $205 million, which combined with his current deal will make Westbrook the highest paid player in National Basketball Association history.

Until Durant's free-agency flight to Golden State a year ago, he and Westbrook were OKC teammates for eight seasons.

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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When asked if Westbrook's extension would impact his decision to stay with the Thunder beyond the 2017-18 season, Paul George said, "Absolutely". With rumors swirling about Westbrook potentially being swayed to leave in free agency next summer, people were rightfully nervous. Add that onto the extension that begins in the 2018-2019 season, and he's got the biggest guaranteed contract in National Basketball Association history. A move that has been in the works all offseason and left fans uneasy when it did not happen right away, bookends the best offseason in Thunder basketball history. Both will upgrade the Thunder's roster now, give them future flexibility and cost very little. I chronicled the evolution of Russell Westbrook from reckless rookie to riveting league MVP. Westbrook averaged a triple-double last season and was fantastic individually, but he lacked the team success that validates a superstar.

By NBA rule, if the Westbrook matter had not been resolved before October 16, he could not have signed the extension until next summer.

After all, from a financial perspective, there may be no more reason for Westbrook to hold out on signing the contract extension. This is the biggest day in the ten year history of Thunder basketball. By the age that Westbrook will be the end of his extension, they had declined to an average of 9.0 WARP - a little bit shy of what typically merits an All-Star selection. To have him cement his legacy as a leader as we enter into our 10th season in Oklahoma City is extraordinary.

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