After losing Kevin Durant, a Oklahoma City Thunder are relocating fast to keep Russell Westbrook in city for longer than usually this season. Westbrook and will pointer a three-year, $85 million agreement prolongation with a Thunder that’ll hook on additional income this year and supplement dual additional years on his deal, including a actor choice for 2018-19, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Wojnarowski reports the Thunder will expected reason a news discussion Thursday to announce a deal.
Westbrook was formerly slated to turn a giveaway representative in 2017. Once this new understanding is complete, he will dedicate to a Thunder for during slightest this year and next.
This will come as a outrageous service to Thunder fans doubt a organization’s destiny after Durant spurned them to pointer with a Warriors. General manager Sam Presti could pierce brazen meaningful that Westbrook is during slightest adhering around for dual some-more years. Without an extension, Presti would expected be forced to trade Westbrook or risk losing him for zero a same approach he mislaid Durant. With one, a classification has some respirating room.
Yet this arrangement also advantages Westbrook in certain ways. While he’d be foregoing his leisure to pointer elsewhere, he can mount to make some-more income over a brief and prolonged haul. The Thunder left open their tip space this summer, that allows them to lift his 2016-17 income from $17.8 million to a limit $26.5 million by a singular CBA arrangement.
In sell for pledging one additional year to a Thunder, Westbrook can re-enter a free-agent marketplace in 2018, after his 10th season. Under a stream rules, that means Westbrook would be authorised to start his subsequent agreement during 35 percent of a income cap. If he became a giveaway representative subsequent summer, he would usually be authorised to pointer for 30 percent. He also perceived a actor choice for 2018-19 that he can use should he get harmed or if his opening dramatically falls off, nonetheless it’s expected he’d decrease that option.
Once Westbrook’s agreement with a Thunder is finalized, he would make $26.5 million this season, $28.5 million in 2017-18 and have a actor choice for $30.6 million in 2018-19.
This understanding would buy time for both sides as they try to tract their subsequent pierce after a depart of Durant. Presti now has dual years to reconstruct a Thunder around Westbrook instead of one. He began that routine with a draft-day understanding that sent Serge Ibaka to Orlando for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and a rights to Domantas Sabonis. The Thunder also let Dion Waiters go in giveaway group and sealed earnest Spanish wing Alex Abrines, though have differently been still in giveaway agency. The subsequent large step might be to make a run during Blake Griffin or another tip aim in giveaway group subsequent year.
With a difference of an obscure nonetheless interesting cackle in a friend’s Facebook video, Westbrook has stayed wordless about his destiny given Durant left. Initial reports suggested that Westbrook would not renegotiate to extend his contract, though others embellished a design of Westbrook being fervent to stay with a Thunder and flourishing some-more intrigued by a probability of an extension.
It seems transparent that Westbrook is critical about creation a joining to a classification for during slightest a subsequent dual years. Though there is a intensity financial advantage down a highway once he signs this deal, he would be risking a year of his primary on a wish of a Thunder scrupulously rebuilding around him.
Nevertheless, it appears a jointly profitable fortitude will happen. If that happens, get prepared for Angry Russ, looking for revenge.