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Russell Westbrook’s new Oklahoma City Thunder contract: almost everyone wins

Why Russell Westbrook’s contract extension with the point guard is good news for NBA fans

Armageddon has been postponed in Oklahoma City: Russell Westbrook is staying with the Thunder. Late Wednesday night came word that Westbrook had agreed to a three-year, $86m contract extension with the only professional team he’s ever known – and on Thursday afternoon it was confirmed. Obviously, Westbrook’s extension is a major victory for the Thunder, a franchise still reeling after Kevin Durant’s shocking departure, but it also should be good news for nearly everyone in the NBA, with the exception of anyone who was expecting their team to make a deal for the All-Star point guard.

“I am grateful to extend my contract with the Thunder and continue to play with the only organization that I have played for and have loved being a part of since I was drafted into the NBA,” Westbrook said in a statement. “I’m really excited about moving forward with this group of guys and continuing to play in front of the best fans in the world.”

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