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Russell Westbrook solidifies his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder

01 October 2017, 12:30 | Ruby West

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Westbrook signs extension to stay with Thunder

The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the team had not disclosed the deal. Westbrook's total contract is the biggest in National Basketball Association history at $233 million over six years, so he can certainly add to his wardrobe.

As Wojnarowski noted, in 2016, Westbrook signed a three-year extension with the Thunder, assuring he wouldn't flee immediately in the wake of Durant's decision.

George has yet to suit up for the Thunder, but he's sounded open to re-signing with Oklahoma City since he arrived in a July 6 trade with the Indiana Pacers. With rumors swirling about Westbrook potentially being swayed to leave in free agency next summer, people were rightfully nervous. Over six seasons, the total amounts to $233 million.

The NBA's insane offseason continues. It shows the Thunder are here, and here to stay with sustained success. "I was just running down the street a while ago talking about Russell Westbrook and the police pulls me over and asks me if I'm alright!" To have him cement his legacy as a leader as we enter into our 10th season in Oklahoma City is extraordinary.

It is safe to say, this is Russell Westbrook's, and the Thunder's next chapter.

Westbrook, the reigning MVP, became the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double during the 2016 season after ending the season averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.

Getting Westbrook signed to a long-term deal will benefit the front office greatly.

This post was updated at 3:02 p.m.to add Russell Westbrook's statement.

In spite of Oklahoma City being the NBA's second-smallest market (larger only than Memphis), the Thunder is among the NBA's top four teams in revenue generated from corporate sponsorships. That's a best-case scenario - if George and Anthony play out next season at their respective 2018-19 salaries of $20.7 million and $27.9 million. James will try to continue the Cavaliers' domination in the Eastern Conference together with fellow All-Star Dwyane Wade, who signed a one-year deal worth $2.3 million after getting his buyout from the Chicago Bulls.

Nonetheless, paying so much money to a player past his prime could prove costly down the road.

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