Oklahoma City Thunder fans can all breathe a sigh of relief. The team and Russel Westbrook agreed to terms on a contract extension that will give Westbrook the largest contract in NBA history. Westbrook confirmed the story that was originally reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Today is also an interesting date. For Thunder fans who might remember, today just so happens to be Kevin Durant’s birthday.
The Thunder now have the reigning MVP on their team for the next six-year for a total of $233 million when factoring in the years included before the extension was signed.
Sam Presti spoke highly of Westbrook in a recent interview.
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. We are extremely fortunate to have an athlete, competitor and person such as Russell wear the Thunder uniform. To have him cement his legacy as a leader as we enter into our 10th season in Oklahoma City is extraordinary.
Westbrook also released a statement on Twitter.
And Westbrook’s statement: pic.twitter.com/VxKpsFouY0
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) September 29, 2017
The mayor of OKC also made August 4th Russell Westbrook Day.
It’s official. Every day is Russell Westbrook Day. pic.twitter.com/0HY2Lc9gu9
— Mick Cornett (@MickCornett) September 29, 2017
— City of OKC (@cityofokc) September 29, 2017
The is a huge win for the Thunder who are a small market team that couldn’t afford to lose Westbrook. As a smaller city, it is much more difficult to recruit stars through free agency and losing a player that you drafted and developed can cripple a franchise for years.
The Thunder also acquired Carmelo Anthony and Paul George in a series of trades this offseason that catapulted them into the upper echelon of a very crowded and competitive Western Conference.