Seeing the new contract will be a lovely birthday gift for Kevin Durant, who turns 29 years old on Friday and earlier this summer took a discount to return and play for the National Basketball Association champion Warriors.
Twitter dwellers noticed and celebrated an interesting coincidence - that the Westbrook-Thunder deal was finalized on Durant's 29th birthday.
Will Russell Westbrook's extension be a good deal for the Oklahoma City Thunder? Add that onto the extension that begins in the 2018-2019 season, and he's got the biggest guaranteed contract in National Basketball Association history. Thunder fans may have been on pins and needles, but if Russell Westbrook has proven anything over the course of his nine-year National Basketball Association career, it's that when the chips are down, he's the guy you want in your corner. Keeping Westbrook was crucial to the Thunder's chances of remaining competitive in the Western Conference.
For those who may not have been able to play the video, Westbrook avoided answering the question and instead reiterated that Oklahoma City was where he wanted to be.
The timing of Westbrook's decision to sign the extension has also been a topic of interest across social media. Both will upgrade the Thunder's roster now, give them future flexibility and cost very little. This is the biggest day in the ten year history of Thunder basketball. Now starts with one thing set in stone, Russell Westbrook is the face of the franchise for years to come. No way. The mayor of Oklahoma City responded to Westbrook's decision with this pronouncement.
By NBA rule, if the Westbrook matter had not been resolved before October 16, he could not have signed the extension until next summer.
Last season, Russell Westbrook, with a tally of 31.6 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds per game, made history by becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double through a National Basketball Association regular season.
By foregoing free agency, Westbrook is letting his All-Star teammates know that he's committed to building a perennial victor in Oklahoma City.
Nonetheless, paying so much money to a player past his prime could prove costly down the road.