01 October, 2017
The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the team had not disclosed the deal.
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 traded for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the off-season and is poised to compete with the elite teams in the west. George will be a free agent after the season, and Westbrook's long-term commitment could conceivably improve the chances he stays put.
Primarily because of Westbrook, the Thunder's marketability was sustained even after Durant left. Pictured: Westbrook reacts after scoring against the Houston Rockets in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2017 in Oklahoma City.
The timing has many questioning Westbrook's motives.
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Russell Westbrook is back for the long term.
It is safe to say, this is Russell Westbrook's, and the Thunder's next chapter.
The Thunder offered Westbrook a five-year maximum extension July 1, but the reigning MVP waited almost three months to make the deal official.
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. In classic Westbrook fashion, he did it quietly, at 2:15 CST on the last Friday in September, he signed the richest deal in the National Basketball Association.
By foregoing free agency, Westbrook is letting his All-Star teammates know that he's committed to building a perennial victor in Oklahoma City. 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.
Westbrook will prove he is worth the large sum of money on the court.