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’
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.
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