Russell Westbrook will be playing a couple more years in an Oklahoma City uniform. According to league sources, the All-Star guard has agreed to a three-year, $85.7 million contract extension with the Thunder.
The 27-year-old will sign the contract on Thursday in Oklahoma City, sources said.
Westbrook’s salary for the 2016-17 season will now jump from $17.8 million to $26.5. Westbrook will reportedly earn the max the following two seasons, giving him the remaining $59.2 million on the deal.
There is a possibility the eight-year veteran could earn even more money than what is on paper. Westbrook’s contract will give him a player option for the third season because of a league rule allowing players who have completed 10 seasons to receive a larger max salary.
Rumors about Westbrook leaving the Thunder, who drafted him fourth overall in 2008, had been circulating around the NBA for months, especially after the departure of Kevin Durant this summer.
Although Westbrook is now without his longtime partner in crime, he will be playing with some newly acquired talent. During the night of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Thunder traded forward Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic in exchange for guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis, who was selected at No.11 in the draft.
Westbrook tore up the the NBA last season, averaging 23.5 points on the way to his first All-NBA first team selection in his career. Westbrook also led all NBA guards in rebounds per game (7.8) and finished second in assists (10.4). The five-time All-Star also won his second straight All-Star Game MVP award in 2016.
Additionally, Westbrook became synonymous with another great point guard last year. Westbrook had 18 triple-doubles in 2015-16, tying Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in a single season in the past 50 years.
On April 11, Westbrook registered his eighth career triple double in 30 minutes or less, which is the most in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55). On May 24, the Long Beach, Calif. native recorded his fifth career playoff triple-double against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
It is probably a good idea the Thunder decided to keep this guy around.
Information from ESPN, NBA.com, SB Nation and Basketball-Reference were used in this report.