OKC remains cautiously optimistic on Westy
That's not really saying much, but the organization has to feel good about their last offseason before Westbrook's contract year. There will be plenty of rumors surrounding the reigning MVP, especially with his UCLA tie to Los Angeles. It certainly does help to have Paul George around, but Westbrook likely won't be able to match his all-time record for usage rate in a season.
Westbrook not thinking about extension
Shortly after being named MVP, reporters asked Westbrook if he had decided whether or not he planned on signing a lucrative extension with OKC. "Man, tonight is so important for me, and obviously with the contract and stuff coming up, it's not really on my mind at the moment honestly," Westbrook said. On July 1, hes eligible to sign an extension worth up to $215 million over the next five seasons. If Russ does not sign the extension, he would be able to hit free agency in 2018, which would put the Thunder in a precarious position.
Russell Westbrook named league MVP
Kevin Durant's departure set the franchise back several years, but Westbrook kept them relevant in the West by helping his team finish sixth in the West with a 47-35 record. Westbrook averaged a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.5 treys and 5.4 turnovers, breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season with 43. Westy seems pretty happy to be the man in OKC and could be looking at an extension this worth $200+ million over five seasons this summer.
OKC able to offer Westbrook 'super max' deal
Russ will make $28.5 million for the 2017-18 season and can tack on another five years, beginning in 2018-19. The total value of the extension would be $207 million. If Westbrook decides not to sign the extension, thus enabling him to become a free agent in July of 2018, OKC will have a tough decision to make. Do they allow him to play out the 2017-18 season and hope he re-signs, or do they maximize his trade value and avoid risking losing him for nothing.
Westbrook, Harden, Kawhi finalists for MVP
It just feels weird to not see LeBron James in this group, but there's no denying the three finalists turned in magnificent seasons. The NBA world became obsessed with triple-doubles as Westbrook averaged one for the entire season while also breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most trip-dubs on the year.
Russell Westbrook refers to OKC as 'home'
This is far from concrete evidence that Westbrook is willing to sign a long-term extension with the Thunder this offseason, but it would be quite strange to see him leave OKC after releasing a commercial where <i>loyalty</i> and a feeling of being <i>home</i> play out as the overarching themes. Westbrook could potentially sign a five-year extension worth roughly $217 million this summer, but nothing official can happen until July 1.
OKC 'hopeful' Westbrook will sign extension
Westbrook will be eligible for a Designated Player Extension, enabling him to ink a five-year, $217 million contract that would make him the highest-paid player in NBA history. His other option is to play out the 2017-18 season and then enter unrestricted free agency next summer. "The rules are that you can't have that conversation until July 1, and you know, when that time comes, we'll sit down, we'll have conversations with him about what that opportunity presents," said Presti.
Westbrook could sign another extension w/ OKC
Should Westbrook accept that deal, he'll become the highest paid player in the NBA with a $40 million annual salary, but he also could just play out his current contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent during the 2018 offseason. It'll be interesting to see how this situation plays out, but Westbrook is guaranteed to spend at least one more season in OKC, so he'll make for a fine top-5 pick in next year's drafts.
Westbrook drops 47 points, Thunder eliminated
Westbrook played 42 minutes and was a +12 during his time on the court, but once again the Thunder melted down when he went to the bench. He finished 15-of-34 from the field with 11 rebounds, nine assists and seven turnovers. Westy was absolutely gassed by the end of the game and finished just 2-of-12 in the fourth quarter, and he also forced too many perimeter shots -- he hit 5-of-18 shots from beyond the arc. The MVP candidate had an epic season and broke Oscar Robertson's record with 43 triple-doubles, posting averages of 31.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 2.5 triples and 4.2 turnovers on 42.2 percent shooting.
Russell Westbrook triple-doubles in G4 loss
Westbrook already had his triple-double by halftime, and he became the first player in NBA history to record three straight 30-plus-point triple-doubles during the postseason. He scored 18 of his 35 points during the fourth quarter while posting an unfathomable 61.5 usage rate, but he also forced up a ton of shots and finished the game with just 10 makes on his 28 attempts. He'll assuredly again be posting an insane stat line in Tuesday's Game 5, but it's looking like that might be the last game of this MVP-series.