Russell Westbrook To Sign Largest Contract In NBA History!!!

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to the largest contract in NBA history!!!

Via Bleacherreport:

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook agreed to terms Friday on a contract extension that places him in a league of his own.

It’s a five-year, $205 million deal, according to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski, which makes it the largest contract in NBA history.

Last August, one month after Kevin Durant announced his decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors, Westbrook agreed to a three-year extension with the Thunder that was essentially a two-year deal since he could opt out after the 2017-18 season.

Wojnarowski noted Friday that Westbrook now owns the “biggest total contract” in league history since there are six years and $233 million left on his deal.

Per ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell, he will make $569,512 per game (before taxes) in the final year of his extension.

“Russell’s commitment to the Thunder organization since its inception in 2008 has helped propel us to great heights and stare down great challenges over our first decade,” general manager Sam Presti said in a statement, per the Norman Transcript‘s Fred Katz. “We are extremely fortunate to have an athlete, competitor and person such as Russell wear the Thunder uniform. To have him cement his legacy as a leader as we enter into our 10th season in Oklahoma City is extraordinary.”

For Thunder general manager Sam Presti, Westbrook’s contract was a straightforward pursuit: Offer him the super-max extension, and he either signs it or he doesn’t. 

Presti also had some added negotiating power after he acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in a pair of offseason trades to show Westbrook he was committed to engaging in an arms race with the Western Conference’s elite contenders.

Those moves were key, too, because Westbrook appeared overburdened at times during the 2016-17 campaign.

Mediaoutrage – Congrats to Russell Westbrook!!! Well deserved.