Westbrook signs massive $205M contract extension with Thunder

Darnell Mayberry joins The Athletic Chicago as new Bulls beat writer

Darnell Mayberry joins The Athletic Chicago as new Bulls beat writer

In the statement, Westbrook said there was no place he'd rather be than Oklahoma City and that he was "so honored" to continue his career with the Thunder. He wears Thunder clothing every day of the week - from his head and ears all the way down to his feet - and has been waiting on this day for months.

The Oklahoma City Thunder confirmed that Russell Westbrook had signed a multi-year contract extension.

All the questions and rumors about the long-term future of Westbrook in OKC can now be squashed as the reigning MVP now has the largest contract in National Basketball Association history ($233 million) and will remain with the Thunder until 2023.

The Oklahoma City Thunder made a splash this offseason when they were able to acquire two superstars in Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, but they made two free agency signings that will help the bench.

As Wojnarowski noted, in 2016, Westbrook signed a three-year extension with the Thunder, assuring he wouldn't flee immediately in the wake of Durant's decision.

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Westbrook displayed his happiness with the new contract by posting a picture of himself on his Instagram page, wearing an orange Thunder jersey with his arms raised, and the caption of: "WHY NOT??" Oklahoma City is not a small market and typically has trouble attracting top free agents. He responded by winning the NBA MVP award, becoming the first player in 55 years to average a triple-double for an entire season. "I got that home game for the Rockets on Christmas Day and I am looking forward to them showing up and showing out!"

The proclamation lists off Westbrook's accolades on the court, but also talks about his work in the community.

The deal will kick in starting the 2018-19 season, also making him the richest salaried American athlete, making an average of 41 million per year once his new contract starts next season.

Thunder superfan John "Thunder Boy Wonder" Bling greeted fans as they entered the team shop Friday afternoon.

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