Oklahoma City mayor declares every day Russell Westbrook Day

Ann Santiago
October 1, 2017

Just one year after signing a three-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder for $85.7 million, Russell Westbrook has signed a new contract extension, worth $205 million.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has proclaimed that every day is Russell Westbrook Day for the city, after Westbrook signed a multi-year contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Until Durant's free-agency flight to Golden State previous year, he and Westbrook were OKC teammates for eight seasons.

Westbrook signed the extension on Durant's 29th birthday.

Oklahoma City Thunder fans no longer have to worry about losing the team's top player. The risk in trading for George and Anthony is that both can leave in free agency next summer. The extension officially begins in the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season, and Westbrook has an opt out after the 2021-22 season.

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Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts after scoring against the Houston Rockets during the first half of Game Four in the 2017 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 23, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It shows the Thunder are here, and here to stay with sustained success.

Getting Westbrook signed to a long-term deal will benefit the front office greatly.

There were setbacks of course; Westbrook had the ball in his hands all the time to help OKC overcome their deficiencies, leading to him finishing with the highest usage rate in league history (41.7).

The 28-year-old Westbrook is coming off a historic season in which he averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists and set an National Basketball Association record with 42 triple-doubles. He would have become a free agent, like Kevin Durant did in 2016. No way. The mayor of Oklahoma City responded to Westbrook's decision with this pronouncement. That's a best-case scenario - if George and Anthony play out next season at their respective 2018-19 salaries of $20.7 million and $27.9 million.

The deal will keep the 28-year-old point guard in Oklahoma City through to the 2022/23 season, after which he will be 34. He also stated previous year that Westbrook reminds him of his younger self, since he feels that he still has so much more to prove for the rest of his career.


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