West­brook nets bumper $205m OKC con­tract

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Rus­sell West­brook has be­come the high­est-paid player in NBA his­tory next sea­son af­ter the reign­ing MVP agreed to a five-year, $205 mil­lion (Dh752.8m) con­tract ex­ten­sion with the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der.

West­brook’s new deal kicks in for the 2018-19 cam­paign and means he’ll be paid a guar­an­teed $233m over the next six sea­sons.

The 28-year-old pro­duced a his­toric ‘triple-dou­ble’ sea­son for OKC in 2016-17, av­er­ag­ing 31.6 points, 10.7 re­bounds and 10.4 as­sists and keep­ing his team com­pet­i­tive in the Western Con­fer­ence fol­low­ing the shock de­par­ture of Kevin Du­rant to the Golden State War­riors.

Last night’s an­nounce­ment also led to plenty of spec­u­la­tion re­gard­ing its tim­ing as it was made on Du­rant’s 29th birth­day with bad blood still ex­ist­ing be­tween the player and his for­mer team.

West­brook, who was drafted fourth by the fran­chise in 2009, said: “When you play in Ok­la­homa City you play in front of the best fans in the world.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to bring­ing ev­ery­thing I’ve got, for them, this city and for this or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

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