Thunder aiming for Westbrook extension

Russell Westbrook has a bruised left hand.

Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti stated the obvious, but it was something that needed to be said.

Presti’s important word? Hopeful.

It was in reference to the Thunder’s desire to re-sign star guard Russell Westbrook to a contract extension this summer.

“The rules are that you can’t have that conversation until July 1, and you know, when that time comes, we’ll sit down, we’ll have conversations with him about what that opportunity presents,” Presti said, via ESPN. “And you know, we’re obviously hopeful that he remains really excited about being a part of this organization for the remainder of his career.”

Westbrook will be eligible for a Designated Player Extension this summer. He also has a player option at the end of his current deal — which means he could become a free agent at the end of next season, if he so chooses.

Of course, everyone know that if Westbrook doesn’t sign an extension this summer, the entire world will think he’s looking to leave OKC.

“I think everybody knows how we feel about him,” Presti said. “He’s a transcendent player. I think he’s a futuristic player. I think he’s a tremendous competitor, and we’re fortunate to have him. We’ll have a conversation, and hopefully, it goes our way.”