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Westbrook reportedly ready to sign extension on July 1

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.

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NY Knicks called OKC about Kristaps Porzingis

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, the New York Knicks have engaged in trade talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder in regards to Kristaps Porzingis. However in the report, Ian Begley of ESPN  relays from a source that the Thunder simply “don’t have enough.”

It is unclear at this time what players or draft picks were mentioned in these talks.

While this news may be disappointing to Thunder fans, it is important to remember that Oklahoma City may not be in position to acquire a player like Porzingis.

The Knicks have been busy contacting teams in the top five of the 2017 draft lottery in regards to the seven foot-Latvian. Reports say the Knicks are looking for first round picks as well as starters in a potential deal.

Oklahoma City has a roster of talented young players with potential but little trade assets for a blockbuster deal like this.

Names like Enes Kanter, Victor Oladipo and even Steven Adams to go along with the Thunder’s 21st pick in the draft are the common assets mentioned in potential Oklahoma City trades. Kanter’s salary as well as his importance off the bench still presents a challenge in terms of moving him while Oladipo and Adams may be too valuable to the core of the team.

In the past, leaks of behind the scenes talks like this have been rare in Oklahoma City. Sam Presti has a reputation of running things close to the vest. At the 2015 trade deadline, the popular name was Brook Lopez only for Presti to acquire Kanter at the last second. At last year’s draft, no one knew of a Serge Ibaka swap for Oladipo and a lottery pick until Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted it.

The Thunder are trying. It is still uncertain whether they have the assets to be a true player to make a deal of this magnitude. Time will tell.

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