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Russell Westbrook Signs Extension for Richest Contract in NBA History

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The league’s MVP just landed on a mountain of money.

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Russell Westbrook just found out that being the reigning NBA MVP has its privileges, among them signing the most expensive contract in league history. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a five-year, $205 million contract extension which will keep him in Oklahoma City through 2024. Westbrook’s current, six-year deal weighs in at an unprecedented $233 million.

The extension provides stability to a roster that includes newcomers Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, both of whom have the option to seek new deals in the summer of 2018. With their main player in the fold for the foreseeable future, the Thunder can experiment with their star forwards and offer them a more solid landing place should they re-sign with the team long term.

Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists for the Thunder last season.