Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook is eligible to sign the new designated veteran player extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder that would pay him nearly $207 million over the next five years, making him the highest paid player in the NBA.
The Thunder offered Westbrook the extension back in July and have been patiently and anxiously waiting for his response.
According to ESPN, Westbrook hasn’t delivered an official answer to the Thunder and he is widely expected to make a decision on his own time.
The Thunder’s offer is on the table, and has been for some time. As Thunder GM Sam Presti said in July, this isn’t really a negotiation. Either Westbrook takes it, or he doesn’t. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Westbrook hasn’t delivered an official answer — either a yes or a no. Though the chatter and anxiety might be steadily increasing, nothing has tangibly changed.
While many around the league believe Westbrook is waiting until training camp to start in September to accept the deal, some pundits think the explosive point guard wants to see how this upcoming season pans out before he commits for the long haul.
Newly acquired Thunder star Paul George could essentially turn out to be a rental, as he will become a free agent next summer and everyone knows he has his eyes on the Los Angeles Lakers.
There was talk that even though he had a historic season in which he averaged a triple-double, Westbrook got frustrated with the burden that was on his shoulder night in and night out.
If Westbrook isn’t convinced George will re-sign with OKC, there’s no point in him signing this mega-extension now.
Westbrook signed a three-year, $85 million extension with the Thunder last summer, a deal that includes a player option for 2018-19.