Kaboom. General manager Sam Presti needs a parade or something for his tremendous offseason, addingCarmelo 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.
Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four coaches. Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans has turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning at the U.S.
We learned back in August that Emmy Award victor Riz Ahmed is also reportedly in talks to join the cast of Venom . THR suggests that Ruben Fleischer , best known for his work on Zombieland (he also made 30 Minutes or Less ).
Markle kept it casual for the occasion and opted for a white button-down shirt, distressed jeans, and pair of Sarah Flint flats . The week-long event will see 550 competitors from 17 nations competing against one another in 12 different sports.
Erin Lee Macke, 30, traveled more than 4,500 miles this month from her house in Johnston, near Des Moines, to Germany. But authorities ordered her to return much sooner - when they learned that she had left four young children behind.
At the start, Karunaratne had a solid opening stand of 34 with Kaushal Silva before Hasan provided Pakistan with the breakthrough. Sri Lanka meanwhile have had plenty of Test cricket this summer although the results will not be something they want to dwell on.
This means aid from countries such as the nearby Dominican Republic can not directly be sent to the devastated island. Lawmakers, including Senator John McCain of Arizona, had pushed the government to waive the Act.
Mr Trump recently said the wall should be see-through, in order to prevent people from being hit on the head with sacks of drugs . Funding to extend the wall beyond its distance of 654 miles (1,046 kilometers) is in doubt.
The league responded with some teams standing with arms locked, while some teams stayed in the locker room during the anthem. An AT&T spokesperson declined to confirm the cancellation policy and said the company would have no numbers to share.
Beyoncé is getting extra charitable tonight by jumping on a remix of " Mi Gente " by J Balvin and Willy William . Hurricanes Irma and Maria followed, causing devastation in Florida and the islands of the Caribbean.
However, their UEFA Champions League fixture tonight isn't going to be an easy outing at the Russian capital against CSKA Moscow . With Belgium already qualified for the World Cup, Mourinho hopes Fellaini will be rested during the global break next week.
Yosemite exit route closed after second slide injures 1
After descending Friday, though, he said there are dozens of routes on the mountain that are unaffected by the slide. The National Park Service says, on average there are 100 climbing accidents and 25 rescues a year in Yosemite.
Ottawa's $500M Netflix deal draws reaction from incumbents
Ottawa will seek to expand worldwide co-production treaties to grow production budgets and attract financing partners, she said. No figure is available, but Joly says top-ups from Ottawa will start next year to cover the shortfall.
Louis Cardinals plunk Anthony Rizzo in first at bat
This season, the Chicago Cubs came in as World Series Champs, something they have not done since they headed into the 1909 season. The Dodgers have 102 victories this season, tying the 1962 and 1974 teams for the most since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.
Apple Investigating Reports of iPhone 8 Plus 'Splitting Open'
The fact it just happened to brand new iPhone 8 units is obviously a red flag for Apple , which will investigate the incidents. Customers will have to recharge with a minimum of Rs 799 per month as monthly recharge on Jio's network to avail the scheme.
VW Adds $2.95B to 'Dieselgate' Scandal Costs
He declined further comment at an event in suburban Detroit to announce a new longer warranty for VW vehicles. The company is scheduled to present third-quarter financial results late next month.
Aston Martin's New Submarine Is James Bond-Worthy
This week, the company announced a new design for a luxury submersible vehicle it's now calling Project Neptune. British sports auto manufacturer Aston Martin has revealed its new submarine project in Monaco.
Police Arrest Suspect in Decades-Old Killer Clown Case
The crime was considered a cold case until 2014, when it was reopened by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit. Store clerks picked her out of a lineup and police found fibers from a bright, orange wig in Keen Warren's home.