Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook has signed a contract extension to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder reported to be worth $205 million for five years.
There had been speculation about Westbrook’s future with the Thunder given the movement of players throughout the league. Following Kevin Durant’s departure, the Thunder found elite teammates for Westbrook, traded for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the off-season and is set to compete with the NBA champions, Golden State Warriors in the West.
Westbrook expressed his excitement with the new contract by posting a picture of himself on his Instagram page, wearing an orange Thunder jersey with his arms raised, and the caption of: “WHY NOT?? WHY NOT??”
“I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, there is no place I would rather be than Oklahoma City,” said Westbrook in a statement.
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“I am so honoured to have the opportunity to continue my career here with the Thunder. From day one the support that the entire organization have given me and my family has been incredible, and we are so grateful. 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 organization. WHY NOT?”
The 28 year old Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists and set NBA record with 42 triple-doubles last season.
He joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson (1962) as the only players to average a triple-double over an entire season.
Westbrook now has the biggest total contract in NBA history, totaling $233 million over six seasons including 2017–2018 season. He also recently signed a new 10-year shoe contract with Jordan Brand.