UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Russell Westbrook has agreed to an extension with the Thunder. It’s effectively a 1+1 on top of his last remaining season under contract.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder are talking about a three-year extension on his current contract.
Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, the agent for Oklahoma City superstar Russell Westbrook, is engaged in serious talks with the Thunder on a contract renegotiation that could secure Westbrook through the 2018-19 season in Oklahoma City, league sources told The Vertical.
No deal has been finalized for the five-time All-Star guard, but there’s momentum toward a three-year, $85 million-plus maximum contract renegotiation agreement, league sources told The Vertical.
As I reported here last week, there has been a lot of momentum toward Westbrook taking the renegotiated extension. He’s pulled himself away the last few weeks to process the situation and make a decision as the Thunder prepped their offer to him.
The expectation, as I had been told, would be that Westbrook was in with the Thunder whether Durant re-signed or not, but Durant leaving would only embolden Westbrook to stay even more. And that appears to be the case.
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Anthony Slater is moving to the Bay: “In August of 2010, I left Northern California for Oklahoma. I’d never spent a day in the state. Researched very little about it. Didn’t know a single person who lived there. Six years later, to the exact month, I’m retracing those steps, leaving Oklahoma for a return to Northern California and an incredible career opportunity: I’ve accepted a job covering the Golden State Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group. I’m excited about what’s ahead – a new professional challenge, a chance to document the story of the sports world and a 45-minute, not 28-hour, drive to see family. But I’ll be forever grateful for what I left behind, a place that both became my second home and paved this awesome, unlikely dream path back to my original one.”
Klay Thompson says he’s not sacrificing: “I feel kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us. We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing [expletive], because my game isn’t changing. I’m still going to try to get buckets, hit shots, come off screens. I want to win and have a fun time every game we play.” Keep Reading…
CBSSports.com has OKC’s starting five the 18th best: “This is still a lineup that features Westbrook, Roberson and Adams, but much of this roster was built around Kevin Durant. We’ve seen how teams load up on Westbrook without Durant (when KD was injured and the small amount of time he spent on the bench), and with Ilyasova’s penchant for drifting in the offense, Roberson’s offensive non-factor, and Oladipo’s shooting struggles, there’s a lot to be worried about here without the safety net of Durant. There’s talent, for sure, but outside of Westbrook, it’s talent that was built to help Kevin Durant, not carry the load without him.”
Lee Jenkins on LeBron: “The draft was four days later, and a week after that, owners started handing $60 million to scrubs. Then on the morning of July 4, while James hosted a small barbecue at his house in Brentwood, Durant joined the Warriors. The Cavaliers were overshadowed once again by the prospect of Golden State scoring a gazillion points. If they were weary of Warriors highlights before, just wait. One NBA front office ran simulations, based on player values, for the upcoming season. Cleveland came out with 64 wins, second best in the league. Golden State came out with 83, better than undefeated. They broke the system.” Keep Reading…
Guy Fieri is the one to blame: “You can ask his agent, I said it to him during the Playoffs. I even have the text. I said, “It’s coming up, I want him, you gotta bring him.” And he was laughing—yeah, yeah, yeah—and he blew me off. [Then later on] I was away from my cell phone, out on the boat, and I was able to get a signal. In came a note from my buddy: “KD GS,” and I went arghhhhhh! I went and woke up the kids.”
Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders: “There are clearly plenty of appealing options for Westbrook to choose from. His ultimate decision will have a massive impact on multiple franchises. However, Westbrook has yet to even publicly address his feelings regarding Durant’s departure, let alone his own foreseeable future. Thus, the Oklahoma City Thunder will remain stuck at a fork in the road until Russell Westbrook decides which direction he wants to head in.” Keep Reading…
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