Westbrook, the reigning MVP, became the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double during the 2016 season after ending the season averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.
Westbrook's contract extension is the largest in National Basketball Association history-worth $235 million over six seasons-according to ESPN.
That anxiety seems to have all been for naught, as Westbrook was either waiting to take the deal on Durant's birthday, or it's an awfully big coincidence that he agreed to the richest contract in National Basketball Association history on the same day the guy with whom he's spent a season beefing was born 29 years ago.
Kevin Durant fled the scene, leaving Westbrook in charge to spark things. Three months after trading for Paul George and less than a week after acquiring Carmelo Anthony, the Thunder have locked up the face of their franchise. Here are the latest details on Westbrook's major deal and the National Basketball Association season ahead. Oklahoma City now has a variety of offensive looks, incorporating George's versatile two-way game and Anthony's isolation scoring alongside Westbrook's thousand-miles-an-hour downhill attack. Amid the Thunder's despair in losing Durant, Westbrook's shorter-term commitment gave Presti and assistant GM Troy Weaver the ability to pursue the trades with in and NY to acquire George and Anthony, respectively.
"I am so honoured to have the opportunity to continue my career here with the Thunder".
Westbrook is under contract for $28.5 million this season and then had a player option for next season, which he could have declined in order to become a free agent. In addition, it's apparent the Oklahoma City Thunder's front office wants to make a major commitment to Westbrook as their main star heading forward.
That caused some tension in OKC, as the Thunder made every effort to put a championship-contending team around their loyal superstar, adding Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the offseason.
The Thunder had offered the extension to Westbrook earlier this summer but said at media day that he hadn't signed the extension previously because he had been "too busy" this summer.