Thunder news: NBA executives think Russell Westbrook will sign extension with Oklahoma City
Russell Westbrook is one of the best players in the NBA right now. The reigning MVP is only the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season, and that earned him the MVP award. Right now, Westbrook is in the midst of contract negotiations with Oklahoma City. He is under contract for one more season but has a player option for the season after.
The feel around the league says that Westbrook might opt out and possibly change teams next summer. There is interest for him, mainly from the Los Angeles Lakers, and he might choose to go to a team with more talent. However, Eric Pincus from Bleacher Report writes in an article that most executives think that Russell Westbrook will sign the super-max contract with the Thunder.
With the mega-extension on the table for Westbrook only if he stays in Oklahoma, and with all the criticism pointed at his former teammate Kevin Durant for leaving, the current MVP might just stay. If he decides to stay and sign a new deal, that would mean he would earn $235.6 million over the next six seasons. That would be around $7 million more than James Harden, who signed a similar extension with the Houston Rockets this summer.
The Thunder added superstar Paul George via trade this summer, and now they have two superstars on expiring contracts to deal with next summer.