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Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:10 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 3:50 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver russell-westbrook-smile

The second All-Star has been locked up.

Yahoo Sports reports with confirmation from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com that the Oklahoma City Thunder have signed All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook to a 5-year extension worth $80 million.
All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook has signed a five-year, $80 million contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti finalized the deal with Westbrook’s agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, on Wednesday night. The Thunder will hold a news conference when the team returns to Oklahoma City on Sunday.
SI.com confirmed the deal's terms.

The Thunder formally announced the signing in a press release later Thursday.
“We are thrilled to solidify Russell's future with the Thunder,” said [GM Sam] Presti. “Since we arrived in Oklahoma City, Russell's work ethic, persistence, character, and involvement in our community have helped us establish the standards that we are committed to on a day-to-day basis. He is a valued member of our organization and we look forward to his continued contributions on and off the floor.”

“We are very excited that Russell will continue to be a part of the Thunder organization,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Clay Bennett. “He has demonstrated high personal character, a strong commitment to his teammates and a remarkable dedication to the development of his performance as a player. We especially value his role in the community as he has consistently represented "Oklahoma City Basketball" with pride and integrity.”
Westbrook, 23, is an elite point guard in the NBA, boasting athleticism and explosiveness that few can match.

After making his first All-Star appearance in 2011, Westbrook is averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. He was recently named as one of 20 finalists for the 2012 Olympics' Team USA. Westbrook was named to the 2009 All-Rookie first team and the 2011 All-NBA second team.

All-Star forward Kevin Durant and Westbrook represent arguably the best young 1-2 punch in the NBA. The Thunder inked Durant to a 5-year max extension in 2010. The pair led the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals in 2011.

Westbrook was selected with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft after spending two seasons at UCLA. Known for his competitiveness and fiery demeanor, Westbrook has received criticism for his shot-selection, turnovers and temper, especially during the 2011 playoffs, but his importance to Oklahoma City's long-term plans was never in question. Neither, really, was the size of his pay day. It's difficult to perform better during your rookie deal than Westbrook has in his 3+ seasons with the Thunder.

Oklahoma City currently holds the best record in the Western Conference at 12-3.
Comments

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:14 pm
 

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

Would've looked great in Sonic green and gold.  Bring back the Sonics!



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

they sure did look like the best last night



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:48 pm
 

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

but wheb thy goo the game the know they will usually win.
Just what do you mean by that kubbfan?
Maybe I just don't have a full understanding of the game.



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:41 pm
 

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

....  the thunder is the best team in the west NBA.
There. I fixed that for you.


tallsexygirl
Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:24 pm
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Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:06 pm
 

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

Durantula inked the same deal last off season....  I know KD's a humble dude, but very few players in this league should be making what he does.

Westbrook has all the pressure on him now, anything less than a ring is a failure for the forseeable future.  



Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

While I am glad for Westbrook, I can only imagine what the Wolves are thinking with their offer to Love????



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:50 pm
 

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

This is a joke. The money is n incredible amount of money for what this guy does. Just not worth it. Its sad.



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:49 pm
 

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

Westbrook is committed to this deal and will not be eligible for the "Rose Rule"



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

Doc...you are obviuosly a fan of a regional pro-sport, aka The NHL.  If I had to hazard a guess, the league in the biggest trouble is the NHL. I think the Canadian Government ought to step in and subsidize Canada's teams in the NHL. They should also do a study on all the LOST production the day following "Hockey Night" and fix the productivity gap by passing a law that mandates Hockey Night to be either Friday or Saturday Night.  



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