After the departure of former MVP Kevin Durant, there were concerns that Westbrook would leave for elsewhere once he became an unrestricted free agent after the 2016-17 season. Westbrook, however, has made his choice clear and will be with head coach Billy Donovan and the Thunder for the forseeable futre. The Thunder haven't released the terms of Westbrook's contract, however it's expected to be a three-year, $85 million extension running through 2019-20.
Westbrook has agreed to a contract extension in principle Wednesday and will sign Thursday, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
Westbrook and the Thunder were in serious talks about a contract extension Wednesday night, and it looks as if the two sides have reached an agreement. Some sources, such as SLAM Magazine, reported that the contract renegotiation could be worth $85 million over three years, which would keep the star point guard in Oklahoma City through 2019. After Kevin Durant's departure to rival Golden State this offseason, Westbrook had a decision to make, as he would have become a free agent after the 2016-17 season. But it appears as though he has made his choice and is committing to Oklahoma City for the long haul, earning a nice paycheck in the process.
Westbrook and Oklahoma City are in serious talks surrounding a contract extension through the 2019 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.
With Kevin Durant gone to Golden State, the franchise is Westbrook's and it looks like he is interested in staying for at least the next couple of seasons. And while that decision may make sense for basketball reasons, it mainly makes sense for financial reasons, as the point guard could get more with the Thunder than any other team in the league. Should Westbrook commit, he has a chance to be the most productive player in the league beyond the 2016-17 season.
Westbrook has withdrawn his name from consideration for this year's U.S. Olympic squad, CBS Sports reports.
Westbrook released a statement Friday saying, "After speaking with my family, I have decided to not participate in this year's Olympics. This was not an easy decision, as representing my country at the World Championships in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012 were career highlights for me. I look forward to future opportunities as a member of USA Basketball." With Stephen Curry, John Wall, and Chris Paul also sitting out this summer in addition to Westbrook, Damian Lillard is in line to serve as Team USA's starting point guard during this summer's Olympic competition.
Westbrook notched 19 points (7-21 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 13 assists, seven rebounds, and two steals in 45 minutes during Monday's Game 7 loss to the Warriors.
Westbrook did all he could, but his 12th double-double of this postseason could stop a series collapse for OKC. During the Thunder's final three losses, he often forced things as his role players failed to produce -- He shot just 36. 8 percent and turned the ball over 5.0 times per game during that stretch. Still, the explosive guard was a major reason why Oklahoma City even got this far, averaging 26.0 points, 11.0 assists, and 6.9 rebounds during these Playoffs. There will be a lot of questions surrounding the Thunder this summer, but Westbrook will be a major contributor next season regardless.
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