Paul George: Russell Westbrook extension 'absolutely' factors into future

Lawrence Cooper
October 1, 2017

"Now, therefore, I, Mick Cornett, Mayor of The City of Oklahoma City, do hereby proclaim EVERY DAY as Russell Westbrook Day", the proclamation read.

Westbrook, who broke the National Basketball Association record for the most triple-doubles in a season with 42 in 2016-17, had been entering the second season of a three-year, $85.6m deal that is set to pay him $28.5m this season.

"Like I said before, man, this is a place I want to be", Westbrook said on Monday.

"I wish I could tell you that any of us had any idea that he would become the player that he has developed into", Thunder General Manager and Executive Vice President Sam Presti said.

Westbrook's extension not only assures the Thunder will remain relevant for years to come, it could help them this coming summer.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder spent the offseason adding to Russell Westbrook's supporting cast.

The Thunder confirmed they had signed Westbrook to a multiyear extension in a news release Friday afternoon. Add that onto the extension that begins in the 2018-2019 season, and he's got the biggest guaranteed contract in National Basketball Association history. The reigning MVP could still average another triple-double and should have his team near the top of the Western Conference standings.

He broke the mark of Oscar Robertson (1962) and joined the Hall of Famer as the only players to average a triple-double over an entire season.

Westbrook, the number four overall pick in the 2008 draft, beat out runner-up Harden to win MVP honors. "You may remember, we had a Russell Westbrook Day a year ago". A year after Kevin Durant ditched Westbrook and the Thunder to play in Golden State, Presti managed to trade for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. It'll just be expensive, something the Thunder isn't afraid of considering they'd be fielding one of the strongest teams in the league. Shedding smaller contracts would give the Thunder more than the midlevel exception to spend but still wouldn't allow the Thunder to be a player for the other top free agents on the market.

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