Report: Westbrook expected to accept 5-year extension from OKC

Posted: 28/06/2017 in NBA, Sports
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Unlike the last MVP from OKC, Russell Westbrook likely isn’t going anywhere.

The Oklahoma City Thunder plan to offer the newly crowned MVP a five-year extension shortly after midnight on July 1, and it’s widely expected that Westbrook will accept, sources told ESPN.

Westbrook will presumably receive the designated player exception, which is worth over $200 million across five seasons. Signing such a contract would make him one of the highest-paid NBA players of all time.

Every sign from Westbrook has pointed to him staying with the Thunder for the long haul. He said during his exit interviews in April that he hoped to remain in his current situation.

“Obviously, Oklahoma City is the place that I wanna be,” Westbrook said at the time.

Westbrook inked a three-year extension last summer, but that pact essentially boiled down to a massive short-term raise to stay on for one additional season. Adding this five-year deal would officially keep Westbrook in Oklahoma City for the remainder of his prime.

The 28-year-old has only played for the Thunder since being drafted fourth overall in 2008.

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