RUSSELL Westbrook has agreed to the richest contract extension in NBA historical past: A five-year $205 million take care of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The reigning NBA MVP has now secured his future in a group that, for this season a minimum of, will see him play alongside fellow superstars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the information, with the group later confirming a deal with out reporting phrases.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no place I would rather be than Oklahoma City,” Westbrook stated within the group’s assertion. “I am so honoured to have the opportunity to continue my career here with the Thunder.”
Westbrook’s extension outdoes the five-year $201 million extension signed by Steph Curry on the Golden State Warriors, and likewise the four-year $170 million deal for James Harden to stay on the Houston Rockets. However, Harden will earn barely extra per season underneath his extension, which got here on high of an current contract nonetheless value $59 million – a staggering complete of $229 million, working by season 2022-23.
Westbrook is a six-time All Star and twice First Team all-NBA participant who averaged a historic triple-double prior to now season – becoming a member of Oscar Robertson as the one males to realize the feat. He averaged an NBA-best 31.6 factors, together with 10.7 rebounds and 10.four assists. His profession averages are 22.7 factors, 6.2 rebounds and seven.9 assists per recreation.
The level guard, who additionally just lately signed the richest endorsement deal within the historical past of Nike’s Jordan model, is now cemented as a league celebrity at age 28.
Not lengthy after information of Westbrook’s deal got here by, social media customers observed a coincidence: The contract was signed on Kevin Durant’s birthday of September 29. Given the present stress between the previous teammates since Durant (now 29) defected to Golden State, the coincidence sparked amusement – with some saying it was no coincidence in any respect.