The contract has been on the table for Russell Westbrook to sign all summer. During the recent media day, Westbrook stated the reasons as to why he hasn’t signed the contract. He mentioned that he’s been busy traveling and having a new baby with his wife as to why. The Oklahoma City Thunder have committed to winning by adding Paul George and now Carmelo Anthony. With those additions, the Thunder are considered by many to give Golden State a run for their money in the Western Conference. According to ESPN, the reigning MVP signed his 5-year, $205 million-dollar extension this afternoon. The deal starts during the 2018-19 season and will be the largest NBA contract ever. The overall deal lasts through the 2022-23 season with the total being for six years and $233 million dollars.
Russell Westbrook has spent his entire career with Oklahoma City after being selected 4th in the 2008 NBA Draft. After entering the NBA, Westbrook rose to stardom almost immediately with his explosive and physical plays. Despite suffering some injuries throughout his career, he’s my favorite player in the league as of now. If this contract wasn’t enough, he just resigned with the Jordan Brand for another 10 years. After Kevin Durant left a year ago, some thought he would follow suit as the Los Angeles Lakers were always brought up. Russell Westbrook is a two-time NBA All-Star MVP and coming off winning the league MVP last year. Russell Westbrook became the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson did it in 1961. He finished the season averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.
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