The five-time NBA all-star point guard has agreed to a three-year, $85 million renegotiation with the Thunder, taking him off the 2017 NBA free agency market.
Sources: Russell Westbrook is flying to Oklahoma City on Thursday morning, planning to sign a three-year, $85M-plus contract renegotiation.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 4, 2016
With Westbrook and his agency choosing to renegotiation his contract, Westbrook’s salary for the 2016-2017 season will jump from $17.8 million to $26.5 million. The renegotiation tactic was most recently used by the Houston Rockets and James Harden – a former teammate of Westbrook’s.
Under the proposed deal, Westbrook will also make $28.5 million in 2017-2018, and $30.6 million for the 2018-2019 season if Westbrook decides to opt-in to the third year of his renegotiation with the Thunder. Oklahoma City is able to offer this extension to Westbrook because they have the cap room to do so after letting Dion Waiters leave for Miami.
Westbrook was already very popular among the Oklahoma City fan base, but after Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors, a very loud crowd will be cheering Westbrook on more than ever now.
In 2015-2016, Westbrook averaged 23.5 points, 10.4 assists, and 7.8 rebounds per game in 80 regular season games while also racking up 18 triple doubles to lead the NBA in that category.
2015-2016 was also the 2nd straight season that Westbrook averaged a triple double per one possessions. His per 100 possession numbers calculate out to be 33.9 points, 15.1 assists, and 11.3 rebounds per game.
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