Hours after the Oklahoma City Thunder signed #Russell Westbrook to a five-year contract extension worth $205 million, considered as the biggest guaranteed contract in National Basketball Association history, #Cleveland Cavaliers superstar #LeBron James extended his congratulations to the reigning MVP via his Twitter account.
The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the team had not disclosed the deal.
George said Saturday that Russell Westbrook's decision to ink a 5-year, $205 million extension with the Thunder would "absolutely" impact his own decision on his future. After the last offseason, when Kevin Durant departed for the Golden State Warriors, they could not afford to lose Westbrook.
Westbrook now has the most lucrative contract in National Basketball Association history, just a touch higher than the new deals signed by Steph Curry and James Harden this summer.
Yet Oklahoma City has also agreed to give the richest contract in National Basketball Association history to a player who will turn 30 early in the first season of the deal.
"I've said it before, and I'll say it again, there is no place I would rather be than Oklahoma City", Westbrook said in a release. With rumors swirling about Westbrook potentially being swayed to leave in free agency next summer, people were rightfully nervous.
Westbrook will make a total of US$233 million (AU$297 million) over the next six years - the biggest guaranteed contract in National Basketball Association history. If Westbrook and Anthony are committed to staying, coupled with a successful season, George's decision becomes tougher.
Russell Westbrook will play in OKC for at least the next six years. As the No.6 seed in the West without much help around Westbrook, Oklahoma City was bounced from the first round of the playoffs in five games by the Rockets. Westbrook was subsequently rewarded with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
Westbrook's agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti finalized the deal Friday afternoon, league sources said.
Russell Westbrook is back for the long term.
The Thunder offered Westbrook a five-year maximum extension July 1, but the reigning MVP waited almost three months to make the deal official.