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Russell Westbrook, the NBA's reigning MVP, has signed a five-year, $205m (£153m) extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook signed a five-year extension with the team Friday, months after the Thunder initially made the monster offer.

The implications of Westbrook's new deal go beyond the numbers.

"Russell represents everything we could have ever hoped for when building a basketball team for Oklahoma City", Thunder Chairman Clay Bennett said.

Anthony is in the final guaranteed season on his contract.

George can become a free agent at the end of the season, nearly certainly on track to turn down a 2018-19 player option so he can hit the open market. Anthony has no loyalty to Oklahoma City, and he only agreed to join the Thunder when the New York Knicks couldn't work out a trade with the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers.

George will hit unrestricted free agency next summer, with plenty of buzz circulating around the league about where he'll end up. To have him cement his legacy as a leader as we enter into our 10th season in Oklahoma City is extraordinary. Earlier, it was reported that Westbrook was having second thoughts about signing a long-term deal with the Thunder as he was also interested in joining James in Los Angeles.

Of course, the outlook is still more favorable with Westbrook signed up for the next six seasons.

Westbrook is one of the biggest stars now in the National Basketball Association. Even if the Thunder has doubts about him coming back in 2018, Anthony can not be traded this season without his permission.

"I'm looking forward to making a great run", Westbrook said. It shows the Thunder are here, and here to stay with sustained success. And Westbrook's salary will be increasing as his value potentially decreases.

The salary cap might not keep pace with the annual raises in Westbrook's contract, which will be set at 8 percent of his 2018-19 salary - now estimated at $2.65 million. Because of Westbrook's contract extension, there's at least a better chance that George and Anthony will choose do to do the same.

This is a huge deal for the Thunder, and a big weight off of their shoulders regarding their future.



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