The etching of his name on the MVP trophy has barely began to settle and it is already being reported that Russell Westbrook is expected to sign a 5-year contract extension on July 1.
Royce Young of ESPN is reporting Westbrook could sign a 5-year contract on July 1, even at 12:01 a.m. to show how loyal he is to the franchise.
Those close to Westbrook fully expect him to take the Thunder’s offer, quite possibly at 12:01 a.m., and stabilize the franchise and present a clear road map. Westbrook signed an extension last summer and invoked the word “loyalty” for a reason. He wanted to make a statement — a public declaration — and take on the burden of leading the franchise forward.
Calling out numerous employees and the entire city of Oklahoma City, Westbrook said how thankful he was throughout his time in Oklahoma City. He shows true admiration for the city and the people.
Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game for the Thunder en route to his first ever Most Valuable Player award. He also became the first player in 5 years to average a triple-double on the season, while pulling down 42 triple-doubles.
He also beat out 10 other MVP vote getters to win his first.
Westbrook signed a three-year contract extension on August 4, with a one-year player option. Westbrook is signed for the upcoming 2017-18 season but the 2018-19 year is his player option. If Westbrook does not commit to signing a contract or sign one, the Thunder might have to do the unthinkable.
Young is a pretty reliable source and is often right. Here in Oklahoma City, most fans have learned to believe it when they see it. Oklahoma City is lucky to have someone like Westbrook right now. However, until Westbrook actually signs. We’ll wait and see.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!