Westbrook, Thunder Agree to 5-Year Extension

01 October, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Regina Lloyd
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Kaboom. General manager Sam Presti needs a parade or something for his tremendous offseason, adding Carmelo Anthony and Paul George without even mortgaging the future.

Signing the Designated Veteran Player Extension will net Westbrook 35 percent of next year's salary cap - which projects to be $101 million, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania - in 2018-19.

Still, with Westbrook now under contract with the Thunder through the 2022-23 season, the Thunder's prospects to retain their stars becomes a much stronger proposition. The Thunder will be a contender once again this year, and with Westbrook's relentless spirit, always a threat to make a postseason charge.

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. "I am so honored to have the opportunity to continue my career here with the Thunder".

Getting Westbrook signed to a long-term deal will benefit the front office greatly.

When you wake up tomorrow it will be Russell Westbrook Day, and thanks to the mayor of Oklahoma City, it will remain the same throughout the whole year.

Westbrook was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 National Basketball Association draft out of UCLA, and rapidly developed into one of the NBA's biggest stars. Westbrook was the 2017 NBA MVP and broke the record for the number of triple-doubles in one season with 42.

At just 28 years old, Westbrook has been earning extremely high praise around the league. His averages: 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.

"Russell's commitment to the Thunder organization since its inception in 2008 has helped propel us to great heights and stare down great challenges over our first decade", Presti said in a statement. In addition to the guaranteed money Anthony gets in returning to Oklahoma City, he now knows Westbrook will be here long term.

Westbrook waited months to sign this contract, and he chose to close the deal on Kevin Durant's birthday.



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