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Con­tract for the Thun­der’s

Rus­sell West­brook through 2022-23 — in­clud­ing a five-year, $205 mil­lion ex­ten­sion that kicks in next sum­mer — the rich­est deal in NBA his­tory. The con­tract was an­nounced on Kevin

Du­rant’s birth­day, just an­other jab in the re­ported on­go­ing beef be­tween the former Ok­la­homa City team­mates.

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — Point guard Rus­sell West­brook, the reign­ing league MVP who could have be­come a free agent next sum­mer, signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion to re­main with the Thun­der, the team an­nounced Fri­day. The ex­ten­sion is for five years and $205 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Com­bined with his $28.5 mil­lion for the up­com­ing sea­son, that makes West­brook’s deal $233.5 mil­lion, the rich­est in league his­tory, sur­pass­ing the $228 mil­lion for the Rock­ets’

James Har­den.

West­brook made an In­sta­gram post Fri­day af­ter­noon, a photo of him yelling at Ch­e­sa­peake En­ergy Arena with his arms raised. His words of choice to go with the photo are the words he lives by and the name of his char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion: “WHY NOT??” He said this week that he wanted to stay in Ok­la­homa City, and that he was thrilled with the off­sea­son ad­di­tions of

Paul Ge­orge and Carmelo An­thony.

MORE NBA: Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver said he ex­pects play­ers to ad­here to a league rule by stand­ing for the na­tional an­them. He didn’t say what the con­se­quences might be for not stand­ing. … Hawks guard Den­nis Schroder was charged with mis­de­meanor bat­tery for a fight out­side a late-night restau­rant.

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