Thunder, Russell Westbrook Discuss Renegotiation, Extension

The Thunder and Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, the agent for Russell Westbrook, are engaged in talks regarding a renegotiation and extension of the guard’s current deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. The talks are centering around an arrangement that would lock up Westbrook through the 2018/19 campaign, Wojnarowski adds. The Vertical’s Bobby Marks had recently noted the possibility that the All-Star and OKC could work out a short-term extension.

No deal has been finalized, notes Wojnarowski, but the momentum is increasing toward the two sides coming to terms on a three-year, $85MM+ arrangement. The proposed contract would include a player option on the third year, which would allow Westbrook to hit unrestricted free agency during the summer of 2018, the scribe relays. The structure of a proposed deal would up Westbrook’s salary for 2016/17 from $17,769,374 to a $26.5MM max salary, per the article. Westbrook would then earn $28.5MM in 2017/18 and $30.6MM in the final season, provided he didn’t opt out.

Westbrook’s scoring average may have dipped a bit in 2015/16, averaging 23.5 per outing after his league-leading 28.1 PPG in 2014/15, but he averaged career highs in both rebounds (7.8) and assists (10.4). It should be noted that Westbrook’s decrease in scoring output was due to Kevin Durant making his return after missing the bulk of the previous season, not due to a decline in performance. Without Durant as a teammate, Westbrook will be a favorite to snag the MVP award, and will be looked upon to carry the franchise in its first campaign without the Slim Reaper.

The Thunder desperately need to lock up Westbrook, especially after losing Durant to the Warriors via free agency this summer. If no extension can be agreed upon, the 27-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, one who will be in extremely high demand around the league. Securing Westbrook will also greatly aid OKC in free agency next summer, since the team can use the guard’s continued presence as a major selling point to prospective free agent targets.

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22 thoughts on “Thunder, Russell Westbrook Discuss Renegotiation, Extension

  1. KnicksCavsFan

    It would be a Russ could bring a ‘ship to OKC it would be sort of similar, in terms of emotions, as LBJ bringing one to Cleveland.

    • Eddie Scarito

      Not even close. Westbrook has nowhere near the emotional connection to OKC as LeBron does to Cleveland/Akron. That said, it would be an incredible feat to win a title for the Thunder without Durant.

      • Ravens_Last_Place

        Why? Westbrook isn’t from there but OKC never experienced a championship. Sure, the franchise moved from Seattle so they haven’t been in OKC long at all, but they have never won a thing. They have one major sports team. Why would that be different or less? Because LBJ is from Cleveland? He’s from Akron, not Cleveland, and already left CLE once. OKC has no drought, they have no history.

  2. Dionis Beato

    Great Job by Presti, he’s keeping Westbrook for 2 seasons which should be his prime athletically And his absolute best. Adams And Oladipo could emerge into stars under Donovan, I think The Thunder can win 50-53 games Néxt season And Get to The WCF. To beat The Warriors Oladipo And Adams will need to breakout into stars though which I would bet on happening

  3. leftynate11

    Not gonna lie, part of me wants to see Westbrook hit the open market, just to see who goes after him. But it would makes sense for him to do a short deal and see if OKC can really build around him.

  4. justinkm19

    Will Westbrook really be a selling point. He’s one of the best players in the league but I don’t think most players like him

  5. Ravens_Last_Place

    Don’t do it Russell. Not sure where you should go but you won’t win in OKC long term. Moving to San Antonio is your best bet. Not BOS though. Never go to that cesspool.

    • Connorsoxfan

      How is Boston a cesspool? Because of winter? Or because the fans care?

    • Because I’m sure Philly is soo much better. The city is just overflowing with sunshines and rainbows right?

      • Ravens_Last_Place

        Philthadelphia is also a dump. But the 76ers have a bright future, but Westbrook wouldn’t want any part of them.

    • Kids, take a good hard look at what unhealthy obsessions turn into. It’s an illness, people.

      • Ravens_Last_Place

        Maybe you have never been to Boston and seen the slums and the types of people who are from there.

  6. Thronson5

    As much as I would for my team to get the chance to sign this guy I think it would absolutely awesome of him if he stayed. I think it was pretty cowardly of Durant to join the team that knocked them out of the playoffs and I would respect Westbrook a lot more than I already do if he does stay and try to build this thing up even without Durant.

  7. smittybanton

    If Westbrook re-signs, I would consider swapping Cameron Payne for Rudy Gay.

      • Connorsoxfan

        But that would actually make sense for both teams! Vlade would never go for something that would make sense for him!

  8. DarkGhost

    There is no way he signs this extension. It doesn’t make any financial sense, he will get paid more annually and a longer term deal if he becomes a free agent and re ups next year.

  9. Danthemilwfan

    I like OKc and for their sake I hope he signs an extension, but if I were him I wouldn’t. That team is going to have problems making the playoffs for years to come. If I’m him I go to the lakers and take over Hollywood where guys are dying to go if only they had a remotely competitive team.

  10. DarkGhost

    Why would he sign an extension now. It makes no sense financially. He is going to be a free agent and make more per year over a longer contract than this extension.

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