The Thunder had little choice but to offer Westbrook a maximum five-year extension because the reigning NBA MVP could have become an unrestricted free agent next June.
Until Durant's free-agency flight to Golden State previous year, he and Westbrook were OKC teammates for eight seasons.
It just so happens that reigning MVP and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is one of those players who can opt to sign an extension on or before October 16.
The Thunder had an impressive offseason, re-signing Westbrook while also trading role players and young pieces to add All-Star forwards Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
Jun 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook poses for photos with his 2017 NBA most valuable player award during the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36. With rumors swirling about Westbrook potentially being swayed to leave in free agency next summer, people were rightfully nervous.
The contract begins with the 2018-19 season, running through the 2022-23 campaign, and gives Westbrook the biggest guaranteed contract in the National Basketball Association. That thought was prevailing around the National Basketball Association, as well, with multiple executives who outsiders thought could have had a shot at Westbrook in free agency believing the nine-year veteran would commit to Oklahoma City for the future. Despite losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Houston Rockets, Westbrook single-handily carried the Thunder to the playoffs in a ferocious Western Conference.
OKC Thunder fans cheer for Russell Westbrook, the saving grace of the organization.
Westbrook now joins two-time MVP Stephen Curry as the only players to have agreed to new contracts valued at $200-plus million. Westbrook was not giving any indication about which direction he was leaning in regards to the contract extension.
While it appears all teams are chasing the defending champion Warriors, the Thunder will pose a unique threat to them.
The timing has many questioning Westbrook's motives.
The deal signed Friday begins with the 2018-2019 season.
Court documents show Evans took at least $22,000 in bribe money to direct basketball players to agents or financial advisers. Underwood and Evans also spent five seasons together on Frank Martin's staffs at Kansas State and SC .
People confirms that the 20-year-old makeup mogul is expecting her first baby and is due to give birth in February 2018. Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott have been dating since April. " Kylie and Travis are doing great", said the source.
On his personal website, Bolton says he will "resume Nigel Farage's legacy by restoring UKIP's relevance and authority". Bolton reportedly said he was "fine" with the new design. "I abhor the rhetoric that we are at war with Islam".
The island territory of more than 3 million USA citizens is reeling in the devastating wake of Hurricane Maria . Additionally, several telethons have been held to benefit Puerto Rico including on Univision and Telemundo.
Labour's Greg O'Connor has won the electorate of Ohariu, the seat previously held by United Future's Peter Dunne for 33 years. A record 1.2 million votes were cast in advance, but neither major party was expected to win an outright majority.
The company said it found 22 accounts which were directly linked to the 450 Facebook accounts , found earlier this month. Twitter allows users to register anonymously and has more public accounts than Facebook .
This is obviously a major get for Sony, which views Venom as the kickoff to a major web of interconnected movies. This marks another fantastical big-budget film for Williams as she has starred in Oz the Great and Powerful .
This followed similar meetings that Sisi held earlier this year with American Jewish leaders at the presidential palace in Cairo. Earlier, President Sisi also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed revival of peace talks.
Announced Friday by the German automaker, the added cost could push Volkswagen's total damages from the scandal past $30 billion . He was in charge of Audi's engine development from 2001 to 2007 before taking over the role for the entire Volkswagen Group.
General Assembly elevated the Palestinian Authority's observer status from "entity" to "non-member state", similar to the Vatican. The approval vote requires the Palestinians to pay membership dues worth 0.03 percent of the Interpol budget.
Rescuers are continuing to search for survivors with footage from the capital Mexico City showing volunteers joining the effort. Measured at a strength of 8.2, this quake is more powerful but less deadly than the one 32 years ago that killed thousands.
Two people were injured and one died in a series of rockfalls Wednesday that displaced an estimated 1,300 tons . Park officials say rock falls overall have killed 16 people since 1857 and injured more than 100.
Apple will launch the iPhone 8 and 8Plus in India on Friday at 6 pm - a week after the global launch - starting at Rs 64,000. Another Japanese iPhone 8 user narrated a similar experience where his phone came in a deformed shape from the company.
The decision against Uber prompted a backlash from the 3.5 million Londoners , who have come to enjoy the company's cheap fares. Now, Dara Khrowshahi, the brand new CEO of Uber , has sent his reply, in the form of an open letter to the Evening Standard .
But on fourth down, McSorley stood strong in the pocket and drilled the ball through a crowded end zone and into Johnson's chest. Against another blitz, Wadley broke loose around the left side for a 35-yard TD to give Iowa the lead with 1:42 left.
Interest rates have stayed low despite a shallow unemployment rate of 4.4 percent in August and inflation down to 1.4 percent. Thus, a few disappointing bits of economic data should not be expected to divert the Fed from its rate hike plans.
The bonuses would be conditional on completing more than 800 flight hours for Ryanair in the 12 months up to 31 October 2018. Compensation for passengers forced to re-book could reach 25 million euros ($30 million).
Coming in third was Light Balance , followed by Mandy Harvey and Sara & Hero, in fourth and fifth places, respectively. Darci's two-puppet show that culminated in a duet of Queen's "Somebody To Love" was tough to beat, though.
There will also be treats for the book lovers, as Amazon is offering up to Rs 5,000 on its Kindle e-readers. Sony Bravia's 40-inches full HD LED TV is being rolled out at 22% off for Rs 36,990, instead of Rs 47,900.