Some would say that the Oklahoma City Thunder have had a pretty bad offseason as they have lost Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic in a trade and Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors in free agency. However, their luck will change soon as point guard Russell Westbrook will sign a contract to keep him through the 2017-18 season.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that Westbrook had to agreed in principle to a three-year negotiation worth more than $85 million that should be signed Thursday morning. He has a player option for the 2018-19 season.
Source says OKC and Russell Westbrook in serious talks. 3-yr deal for more than $85 million could be agreed to within next 48 hours
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) August 4, 2016
This is a big deal for the Thunder, who could have lost Westbrook following the 2016-17 season. During the 2015-16 season, he averaged 23.5 points, 10.4 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Russell Westbrook has spent his entire career with the Thunder and is a five-time All-Star. He was also the scoring champion during the 2014-15 season.