Russell Westbrook hasn’t ‘even thought about’ contract extension
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s season has come to a disappointing end after losing in five games in its first-round series to the Houston Rockets courtesy of Tuesday’s 105-99 loss.
With that in mind, perhaps it’s not all that surprising that Russell Westbrook says he hasn’t had a chance to think about the future, specifically whether he’ll sign a long-term contract extension with the Thunder. But the superstar did indicate he hopes to remain in Oklahoma City for the long haul.
“I haven’t thought about anything,” Westbrook said, via NewsOK.com’s Ryan Aber. “Obviously, everybody knows that I like Oklahoma City and I love being here. I love everybody here. But I haven’t even thought about that.
“I’m worried about making sure my wife was all right,” Westbrook continued, alluding to how he and wife Nina are expecting their first child, “so everything else really doesn’t matter at this point.”
Westbrook obviously enjoyed an MVP-caliber season, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double (31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists) over the course of a season.
The Thunder have Westbrook locked up through the 2018-19 season after the parties came to terms on a three-year, $85.7 million contract extension last August. Per the terms of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement, Westbrook could sign an extension for as many as six total years that includes a greater percentage of the total salary cap figure, as noted in Aber’s report.
That deal came in the immediate aftermath of Kevin Durant’s decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors. The decision by Westbrook to ink such a deal in the wake of the devastating organizational setback endeared the superstar that much more to Thunder fans and the Oklahoma City community (more on that here).
Given Westbrook’s demonstrated loyalty to the Thunder organization, there’s no reason to believe he’s even considering leaving the team at some point. While it’s not impossible, it’s arguably unlikely.