Report: Russell Westbrook Signs 5-Year, $80 Million Extension With OKC

by January 19, 2012
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Good news, Thunder fans. According to a Yahoo! Sports report, your star point guard isn’t going anywhere: “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. The agreement, which begins next season, solidifies the franchise’s two cornerstone players – Westbrook and MVP candidate Kevin Durant – for years to come. Westbrook, 23, has emerged as one of the NBA’s most dynamic young guards. He made second-team All-NBA in just his third pro season a year ago. Westbrook wanted to stay with the Thunder, and the two sides reached an agreement with several days to spare before next Wednesday’s deadline for rookie contract extensions. Presti and assistant GM Troy Weaver made Westbrook the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft when few, if any, league executives considered him that promising of a prospect.”