Russell Westbrook finally broke the silence if he remains in Oklahoma City after his teammate superstar Kevin Durant left. With numbers of speculations swirling around since Durant departed, one of those would be that Westbrook will also jump of the boat. Westbrook killed all the speculations by signing a contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
While the Thunder didn’t tell about the terms of the deal, ESPN reported that the contract is worth $85.7 million in the next three years. In the deal, Westbrook will have an option to become free-agent in 2018.
“There’s nowhere else I would rather be than Oklahoma City,” Westbrook said at a news conference to announce the deal. “You guys have basically raised me. I’ve been here since I was 18, 19 years old. You guys did nothing but great things for me. Through the good and the bad, you guys supported me through it all, and I appreciate it. Definitely when I had the opportunity to be able to be loyal to you guys, that’s the No. 1 option. Loyalty is something that I stand by.”
Westbrook averaged 21.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists in the seven years that he played in OKC. Last season, he averaged 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.4 assists.
For the Thunder, they have to bring the right pieces to compliment that All-Star numbers of Westbrook. With the right pieces playing with Westbrook, the Thunder are contenders.