AP Source: Thun­der star Rus­sell West­brook signs ex­ten­sion

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OK­LA­HOMA CITY Rus­sell West­brook is stay­ing with the Thun­der.

The su­per­star point guard and reign­ing NBA MVP has signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion to re­main in Ok­la­homa City, a per­son with the knowl­edge of the agree­ment said Fri­day. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team had not dis­closed the deal. ESPN first re­ported the agree­ment and said it would be for five years and worth $205 mil­lion.

West­brook made an In­sta­gram post Fri­day af­ter­noon, a photo of him yelling at Ch­e­sa­peake En­ergy Arena with his arms are raised in the air. His words of choice to go with the photo are the words he lives by and the name of his char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion: “WHY NOT??”

West­brook said this week that Ok­la­homa City is where he wanted to be. He said he was thrilled with the off­sea­son ad­di­tions of four-time All-Star Paul Ge­orge and 10-time Al­lS­tar Carmelo An­thony. Both have player op­tions on their deals af­ter this sea­son.

“I love be­ing here,” he said. “I'm ex­cited about the sea­son. Ob­vi­ously, with a lot of new changes, and I'm ex­cited. From that, I'm go­ing to leave it there.”

West­brook av­er­aged a triple-dou­ble last sea­son and was the league scor­ing cham­pion. He av­er­aged 31.6 points, 10.7 re­bounds and 10.4 as­sists and broke Os­car Robert­son's sin­gle-sea­son record for triple-dou­bles with 42.

His suc­cess in­creased anx­i­ety for Thun­der fans who feared he might leave, as Kevin Du­rant did dur­ing the sum­mer of 2016 when he chose to join the Golden State War­riors. West­brook signed the ex­ten­sion on Du­rant's 29th birth­day.

West­brook said he hadn't signed be­cause of other obli­ga­tions.

“I've been at home,” he said. “I've been trav­el­ling. Just try­ing to get my fam­ily to­gether, hon­estly. You know, hav­ing a new son can be a lit­tle dif­fi­cult, you know what I mean? I've been try­ing to help my wife, help my fam­ily and en­joy­ing and em­brac­ing that mo­ment as much as I can be­cause I know dur­ing the sea­son, I'm go­ing to be trav­el­ling and mov­ing around.”

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