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July 1, at 12:01 a.m. Russell Westbrook can sign the extension, or……………

At 12:01 am on July 1, 2017, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook can sign a five year extension with the team in the range of $220-240 million, making this past season’s Most Valuable Player in the NBA the highest paid hoopster in the history of the league.  Westbrook would then be under contract for the next six years, as the extension would be tacked on to his current contract that ends next summer.  Rumors through the media grapevine says that the possibility that Westbrook does sign the extension are extremely high.  In the event that the extension is not signed before the season begins, the chance that Westbrook is traded before the February deadline next year also a strong possibility.

 

It is my opinion that come this 4th of July, Oklahoma City will have their superstar in check as a Thunder for the next six years.

 

From ESPN:

 

 

“The Thunder will offer [Westbrook] a brand-new, five-year extension — Westbrook is locked in for 2017-18 — when the clock strikes midnight on July 1, making him one of the highest-paid players in NBA history, should he take it. It would signal a complete commitment to the Thunder, with Westbrook shucking any thoughts of joining a super-team elsewhere to take on the Golden State Warriors juggernaut, as he embarks on a mission to slay the giant on his own terms.

He likes the existing roster and has a close relationship and confidence in Presti and Weaver. He has built a strong bond with head coach Billy Donovan. He knew what he signed for and, with the Thunder coming off a successful first post-Durant season and with pieces in place to improve the team, there are a lot of reasons to commit again.

He likes the existing roster and has a close relationship and confidence in Presti and Weaver. He has built a strong bond with head coach Billy Donovan. He knew what he signed for and, with the Thunder coming off a successful first post-Durant season and with pieces in place to improve the team, there are a lot of reasons to commit again.”

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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