2011 Free Agency, Latest News, NBA / Jan 19, 2012 / 1:15 pm

Breaking: Russell Westbrook Signs Massive Contract Extension With the Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (photo. Nike Sportswear)

It would appear that any cracks that may exist in the Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook relationship are not going to result in Russ leaving town any time soon. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Oklahoma City Thunder signed Russell to a five-year, $80 million contract extension last night.

Some specifics on the deal from Woj:

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Westbrook could’ve been eligible for a maximum deal worth 30 percent of the Thunder’s salary cap next season. To do so, he needed to satisfy requirements that included him being named to the All-NBA team twice in four years. Nevertheless, Westbrook gets an extension that pays him 25 percent of the Thunder’s cap and preserves space that allows the franchise to construct future deals for James Harden and Serge Ibaka.

That 25 percent compared to 30 percent is kind of a big deal. With alpha dog issues already in play, who knows what that would have done to chemistry.

Here is Woj’s full post.

Were the Thunder right to give Westbrook an extension or should they have looked to move him for Rajon Rondo or another elite PG?

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  • igetmoney01

    good fit they are growing together

  • catdaddywhack

    But will there be still enough space for OKC to retain Harden and Ibaka…?

  • Taj

    This is good! He fits well with their squad and shows the unselfishness by allowing room to sign 2 other important factor to their success..

  • Taj

    @ Catdaddy..

    “Nevertheless, Westbrook gets an extension that pays him 25 percent of the Thunder’s cap and preserves space that allows the franchise to construct future deals for James Harden and Serge Ibaka.”

    I guess now that I read that again, that only allows them to construct deals, but they may not be lucrative enough to have these guys sign em.. Hmmm??

  • Tee

    I’m glad he’s locked up but I’m afraid they can’t keep Serge and James.

  • ROBL35

    Great move by OKC KD35 & RW0 in a few years will be dominating all comer’s. When Westbrook chills out a bit on useless jack up’s & realizes that KD35 can score the big numbers but if Westbrook is kicking out 15/20 points 10/15 dimes & providing lock down D it’s just as important to the team but it will definitely come with age & West is a super smart player. At the end of the year he might of been able to command even more which is important because you for sure want to keep Harden too he’s killing it.

  • Michorizo

    Russell is sick…every team would sign him to max contract if they could.

  • First & Foremost

    What happens when Harden tests FA and drives up his price? A guy growing a beard like that doesn’t seem like he wants to come off the bench for his entire career.

    Okay, OKC drafted 2 superstars [1 legit, 1 on the fence shaking the shit out of it]. But how do you build a team around just 2 players eating approx. 50% of the salary cap. How do you even afford ENOUGH quality role players?

  • http://www.psychodrama.com Chicagorilla

    @Fnf

    Technically the Bulls managed to pull it off. Though i don’t agree that Boozer is a star, or Deng, or Noah. But they somehow managed to have Boozer getting like $15Mill/yr, Deng getting like $12Mill/yr, and Noah getting like $12Mill/yr and still sign DRose for what will be $16-17Mill/yr.

    or something like that.

    OKC should be fine once FA hits for Harden and Ibaka. Role players don’t really cost that much as. And OKC is one of, if not the best teams at drafting/scouting players. So even if they lose a player im sure they can pick up a good role player in the draft.

  • catdaddywhack

    should’ve added the words “for a small market team such as OKC…”

    or something to that effect.

  • Tee

    Okc can afford to lose Ibaka when some other team offers him a sheet. He can’t guard elite 4’s, he doesn’t rebound enough, and doesnt have a post game. We can get another 4 to hit that 13-15 footer. Harden needs to start btw. He has no chemistry with russwest and KD when he gets in with them