According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Russell Westbrook‘s agent and the Oklahoma City Thunder were in “serious talks” about an extension for the dynamo floor general. Those talks apparently went well, and the Thunder’s star guard is reportedly signing a three-year extension.
The source told Wojnarowski that the two sides are nearing an $85 million deal over three seasons that would include a player option for the 2018-19 season. Westbrook is set to enter free agency next summer under his current contract, but the proposed structure of his new deal would catapult his salary up to $26.5 million for the first year, and it would cap at over $30 million in the third year.
There was speculation around trading the five-time All-Star since Kevin Durant leaving for Golden State decimated their roster regarding talent.
Along with acquiring former Magic guard Victor Oladipo, Oklahoma City is returning Steven Adams and Enes Kanter, two centers who paid dividends for the Thunder with their size and relentlessness on the glass. The two bigs also gave Westbrook great targets for dump-off passes when he got past his defender and into the lane, creating loads of easy buckets.
Now that they have Russ locked up, look for OKC to add a second superstar alongside Westbrook during next summer’s free agency in an effort to return to being contenders.
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