When factoring in the $28.5 million the six-time All-Star is set to make this year (bringing totals up to six years and $233 million), Westbrook's new contract is the largest in National Basketball Association history. It includes a player option on the 2022-23 season, league sources said.
In a statement, Presti officially announced Westbrook's signing, saying they are "extremely fortunate to have an athlete, competitor and person such as Russell wear the Thunder uniform". It may not be a ideal or deep group, but it's nonetheless a super-team that figures to help the Thunder get past the first round of the playoffs. The extension allows for Westbrook to sign for 35 percent of the salary cap and five additional seasons. His new salary will start at $35.3 million for the first year, increasing every season. Westbrook delayed the signing of the deal, putting his status with the Thunder in question. "I am so honored to have the opportunity to continue my career here with the Thunder".
Russell Westbrook has agreed to a five-year $205 million contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 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.
The news of course took social media by storm on a sleepy Friday afternoon. Westbrook established a new National Basketball Association record with 42 triple-doubles while averaging a league-best 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds (10th in the NBA), 10.4 assists (third in the NBA) and 1.63 steals in 34.6 minutes per game. The Thunder have given him the help he needs to get it done in the playoffs, and this will be the most fascinating season in their franchise's history.
Westbrook was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 National Basketball Association draft out of UCLA, and rapidly developed into one of the NBA's biggest stars.