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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 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. 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.

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:45 pm

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

It's funny seeing these numbers passed around. I can see the collapse of a professional sporting league in the near future. And the NBA is the best guess. The owners are all rich, but one market collapse (where most keep there monies) and that will be that. Another European meltdown and there go the markets. I wish the goverment would step in and bring things back to some kind of reality. 80 million dollars could probably fund every food bank in the U.S. Send kids to school with a full stomach!

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:44 pm

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

Westbrook is a talented young player that can match up with the best PGs in the game.
Good signing. As he matures, his shot selection/attempts should become more controlled. I personally like it when they let Harden run the floor when Westbrook's shooting is off.  Thunder are gonna be tough for the next few years. A little more beef down low wouldn't hurt this team.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:33 pm

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

that is a good thing for the thunder. one thing these gm's need to realize is age. these old guys with the lifetime stats sign a big contract, may appease some of the fns but in the end they usually get hurt for most of the season.dick vitle says you cant teach 7 feet, you also cant teach some running down that fast going down the court. andthen knowingwhat to do with it. the thunder seems like they re a cohesive group. so that bodes good for them. must be fun for the okc fans. a small markt, but wheb thy goo the game the know they will usually win. if they do fall behind, with westbrook and durant they can always come back nd make a game of it. 

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:12 pm

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

great player, great contract for the thunder. as long as this team has durant/westbrook, they will be title contenders. both of these players are unique and i think the thunder is the best team in the west.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:01 pm

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

He's only 23. He will learn how to be patient and defer over time. Great move by the Thunder, this kid has a boatload of talent.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:23 pm

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

I'm a little surprised, considering there was talk of whether Westbrook was the right kind of point guard for a team that features Durant, ie., is it good to have a point guard that needs to take that many shots to be successful?  Is there enough ball to go around?

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:21 pm

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

Glad they locked him up for the near future, now we just have to hope he doesnt make the all star team.  If he does, that cap situation gets hairy and they have to make a tough decision about Harden and Serge!

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:01 pm

Russell Westbrook gets $80 million extension

YESSSSS..way to go Thunder!

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