The current NBA MVP, Russell Westbrook has signed a five-year contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder worth $205 million.
The deal activates when the 2018-19 season gets underway and sees the forward with the biggest guaranteed contract of the NBA, six seasons worth $233 million through 2022-23, with a player option in that season.
Westbrook will earn $233 million, which includes $205 million for the new extension and $28 million for his 2017-18 salary. His 2018-19 salary, the first year of the extension, will be $35.3 million.
The Thunder confirmed they had signed Westbrook to a multiyear extension in a news release Friday afternoon.
“We are extremely fortunate to have an athlete, competitor and person such as Russell wear the Thunder uniform,” Presti said. “To have him cement his legacy as a leader as we enter into our 10th season in Oklahoma City is extraordinary. I am extremely grateful to Russell, his family and to our ownership for the commitment and support that they have demonstrated in supporting our vision for the Thunder.”
In the statement, Westbrook, 28, said there was no place he’d rather be than Oklahoma City and that he was “so honored” to continue his career with the Thunder.
“When you play in Oklahoma City you play in front of the best fans in the world, I’m looking forward to bringing everything I’ve got, for them, this city and for this organization. WHY NOT?” he said — a sentiment he echoed in an Instagram post Friday afternoon.