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Russell Westbrook Just Signed the Biggest Total Contract in NBA History – 6 Yr/$233M

Russell Westbrook attends the Public School fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 10, 2017 in New York City.
Russell Westbrook attends the Public School fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 10, 2017 in New York City.

*Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, the NBA’s reigning MVP, has signed a five-year, $205 million contract extension, according to ESPN.

The deal begins with the 2018-19 season, and gives Westbrook the biggest guaranteed contract in NBA history — six seasons and $233 million through 2022-23.

Westbrook’s agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti finalized the deal on Friday afternoon, league sources said.

Westbrook is coming off of an epic MVP season averaging a triple-double of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.

In the aftermath of Kevin Durant’s free-agent departure to the Warriors in July 2016, Westbrook agreed to a contract renegotiation that extended his contract through the 2018-19 season, including a player option on the final year. 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 Indiana and New York to acquire Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

Westbrook was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft out of UCLA.

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