Russell Westbrook signs 5-year, $205M extension with Thunder

On Friday, Westbrook agreed to a monster contract extension with OKC in the form of a five-year, $205 million extension.

We believe Westbrook received the now-famous Designated Veteran extension, a offer that pays a singular player 35% of the cap. Of course, it remains to be seen how the three will play together in their first season, but locking up Westbrook is the most important transaction the Thunder made this year.

George will hit unrestricted free agency next summer, with plenty of buzz circulating around the league about where he'll end up.

The deal, which begins at the start of the 2018/19 season, gives Westbrook the largest guaranteed contract in National Basketball Association history and sets him up to earn $233m (£174m) over the next six seasons.

Primarily because of Westbrook, the Thunder's marketability was sustained even after Durant left.

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.

The Thunder have a much brighter future ahead of them than they had just a couple of weeks ago. Scoring over 30 points per game last while averaging a Triple-Double confirmed that the Thunder couldn't let this man walk. They have been in a tight spot since Kevin Durant left the franchise previous year, and losing Westbrook in the same fashion would have been a price that they certainly could not afford.

By adding George and Anthony, Oklahoma City went all in on the 2017-2018 National Basketball Association season, putting together a roster that could conceivably be the biggest threat to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.

The deal will keep the 28-year-old point guard in Oklahoma City through to the 2022/23 season, after which he will be 34. Westbrook was not giving any indication about which direction he was leaning in regards to the contract extension.

In a press release Friday afternoon, Thunder general manager Sam Presti confirmed Westbrook's landmark contract extension.

  • Wendy Palmer