The group did not divulge terms of a deal, though sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Chris Broussard that a new agreement is potentially value $85.7 million over a subsequent 3 seasons. The understanding includes a actor choice that would concede Westbrook to still turn a giveaway representative after a 2017-18 season.
With Westbrook’s commitment, Thunder can finally pierce forward
If Kevin Durant’s depart from a Oklahoma City Thunder was a darkest day in authorization history, Russell Westbrook’s proclamation Thursday competence be a brightest.
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Russell Westbrook pronounced he hasn’t oral to Kevin Durant given his depart from Oklahoma City to Golden State and that he found out “like y’all found out.”
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“There’s nowhere else we would rather be than Oklahoma City,” Westbrook pronounced during a news discussion to announce a deal. “You guys have fundamentally lifted me. I’ve been here given we was 18, 19 years old. You guys did zero though good things for me. Through a good and a bad, we guys upheld me by it all, and we conclude it. Definitely when we had a event to be means to be constant to we guys, that’s a No. 1 option. Loyalty is something that we mount by.”
Asked because he concluded to a prolongation now rather than wait until subsequent season, Westbrook was emphatic: “There’s no need to wait if we know where we wish to be.”
Talks between a sides centered around a further of dual some-more years to Westbrook’s stream deal, that expires after a 2016-17 season. The new understanding calls for Westbrook’s income to burst from $17.8 million subsequent deteriorate to a limit $26.5 million. He would afterwards acquire a max a subsequent dual seasons if he exercises a third-year option.
The actor choice for a third deteriorate of a understanding will concede Westbrook to gain on a joining order permitting players who have finished 10 seasons to acquire a incomparable max salary.
In a arise of Durant leaving, a Thunder done locking adult Westbrook to a long-term understanding their primary offseason objective. Oklahoma City private a subordinate offer to limited giveaway representative Dion Waiters to giveaway adult top space to offer Westbrook a max extension. Waiters concluded to a understanding with a Miami Heat final month.
Westbrook pronounced he found out about Durant’s depart by amicable media. Asked if Durant selecting a Warriors done it prick more, Westbrook responded, “Sting for who?”
“With Kevin going it non-stop adult a few things for me,” he said. “For me, usually being means to see a group we have, a guys we have … we felt like this is a best place for me and a best team. we adore being here, and this is a place we wanted to be.”
In a matter expelled Thursday, Thunder authority Clayton I. Bennett said: “On interest of a Thunder classification and a whole State of Oklahoma we wish to honour Russ and offer my frank appreciation for not usually his surpassing participation and ability as a player, though for his high character, personal firmness and unusual leadership. We are anxious he will continue with us and we demeanour brazen to sparkling days brazen for a Oklahoma City Thunder.”
Enthusiasm for Westbrook’s signing extended to a Oklahoma City city hall, with mayor Mick Cornett proclaiming Thursday Russell Westbrook Day.
— Mick Cornett (@MickCornett) August 4, 2016
Westbrook excelled in 2015-16, restraining Hall of Famer Magic Johnson for a many triple-doubles in a past 30 years with a league-high 18, including 7 in a month of March.
A five-time All-Star and two-time All-Star Game MVP, Westbrook averaged 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.4 assists final deteriorate and finished fourth in a MVP voting.
“Russell has been an superb personality of this group given he was drafted by a classification 8 years ago. His competitiveness, impression and singular jaunty ability have propelled him to a forefront of a game,” Thunder ubiquitous manager Sam Presti said. “Russell personifies many of a traits that are synonymous with Oklahoma and Oklahomans. We are vehement that Russell has selected to continue to build a bequest of a Thunder with us as we pierce brazen together.”
Information from ESPN’s Chris Broussard and Ramona Shelburne was used in this report.