Oklahoma City Thunder point guard and reigning NBA Most Valuable Players Russell Westbrook has signed a 10-year contract extension with Nike’s Jordan Brand, according to a report from ESPN.
It is the most lucrative endorsement for a Jordan brand athlete to date, per the report.
“The new shoe deal extension, negotiated by the Wasserman agency and Westbrook’s longtime agent, Thad Foucher, is in advance of the initial deal’s expiration next fall,” ESPN wrote.
“The increased pay rate will also retroactively apply to his 2016-17 MVP season, according to sources. Westbrook wore Nike sneakers during his first four years in the NBA, before the company aligned him with Jordan, in order to have a dual-brand presence alongside Nike signature athlete and then-teammate Kevin Durant.”
Westbrook will be joined by former Indiana Pacers star forward Paul George this season. The Thunder obtained George in a July trade that shipped guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis to Indiana.
Westbrook averaged a triple-double this past season with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. He became the first player to average double-figures in three categories since Oscar Robertson in 1962.