How Westbrook's deal could shape the Thunder

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The 28-year-old Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists and set an National Basketball Association record with 42 triple-doubles last season.

Hours after the Oklahoma City Thunder signed #Russell Westbrook to a five-year contract extension worth $205 million, considered as the biggest guaranteed contract in National Basketball Association history, #Cleveland Cavaliers superstar #LeBron James extended his congratulations to the reigning MVP via his Twitter account.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Westbrook now has the largest total contract (six years, $233 million) in National Basketball Association history.

The Thunder confirmed they had signed Westbrook to a multiyear extension in a news release Friday afternoon.

Westbrook hasn't addressed any speculation about all that, but made it clear that Oklahoma City is the place he wants to be and he's not going anywhere anytime soon. "I had a feeling he wanted to remain a Thunder".

Westbrook, the number four overall pick in the 2008 draft, beat out runner-up Harden to win MVP honors. He also broke the Big O's record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42.

Senator Luther Strange ousted in Republican runoff by former judge Roy Moore
The anti-establishment conservative could give Republican leaders plenty of headaches if he wins the general election in December. After all, despite the endorsements of figures like Bannon and Sarah Palin, not even Moore was a pure Trumpian populist.

The issue of loyalty has been a hot topic across the league in recent years but Westbrook showed that there are still players who value staying on one team.

Signing the Designated Veteran Player Extension will net Westbrook 35 percent of next year's salary cap - which projects to be $101 million, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania - in 2018-19.

Westbrook has career averages of 22.7 points, 7.9 assists and 6.2 rebounds. "To have him cement his legacy as a leader as we enter into our 10th season in Oklahoma City is extraordinary".

Looking forward, Oklahoma City will be committing more than $70 million a year to the trio of Westbrook, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson.

Westbrook couldn't have picked a better time to agree to such a historic deal, as he is just a season removed from his historic 2016-17 outing.

By foregoing free agency, Westbrook is letting his All-Star teammates know that he's committed to building a perennial victor in Oklahoma City.

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