RUSSELL WESTBROOK AGREES TO FIVE-YEAR, $205 MILLION DOLLAR EXTENSION WITH THUNDER
2016-17 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook has signed a five-year, $205 million extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The contract, which is the richest in NBA history, has a player option in the final year (2022-2023). Westbrook said in a statement: "I've said it before, and I'll say it again. There's no place I would rather be than Oklahoma City. I am so honored to have the opportunity to continue my career here with the Thunder. From day one, the support that Mr. Bennett, Sam, Troy and 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 Thunder announced the signing later todat with the following statement from general manager Sam Presti:
"Russell's commitment to the Thunder organization since its inception in 2008 has helped propel us to great heights and stare down great challenges over our first decade. We are extremely fortunate to have an athlete, competitor and person such as Russell wear the Thunder uniform. To have him cement his legacy as a leader as we enter into our 10th season in Oklahoma City is extraordinary. I am extremely grateful to Russell, his family and to our ownership for the commitment and support that they have demonstrated in supporting our vision for the Thunder."
Congratulations RW 🏀!