West­brook agrees to five-year ex­ten­sion

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS -

OK­LA­HOMA CITY (AP) — 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, the team an­nounced Fri­day. 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 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 Al­lS­tar Paul Ge­orge and 10-time All-Star 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."

Thun­der owner Clay Ben­nett val­ues West­brook's im­por­tance to Ok­la­homa City on and off the court.

"We rec­og­nize and deeply ap­pre­ci­ate Rus­sell's rare and unique abil­i­ties as he leads the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der, but also un­der­stand his pres­ence and im­pact on our com­mu­nity will be felt for decades to come," Ben­nett said. "On be­half of the en­tire Thun­der or­ga­ni­za­tion, our own­er­ship group and all of Ok­la­homa, I want to ex­press my deep­est ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Rus­sell, and I know that the very best days for the Thun­der are yet to come."

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