The contract that has been on the table for Russell Westbrook to agree upon for a couple of months has finally been signed, which will result in a deal that will keep him in Oklahoma City for another five years.
Even though Westbrook signed a three-year, $85 million extension just last summer, he met the qualifications for the super-max contract due to a designated player veteran extension allowed by the new National Basketball Association collective bargaining agreement.
"Like I said before, man, this is a place I want to be", Westbrook said on Monday. "I am extremely grateful to Russell, his family and to our ownership for the commitment and support that they have demonstrated in supporting our vision for the Thunder".
Durant didn't bother calling Westbrook before making the decision to leave the Thunder for the team they dropped a 3-1 series lead to in the 2015-16 NBA Playoffs, and you could tell that things were salty between them for all of last season.
Westbrook will make a total of US$233 million (AU$297 million) over the next six years - the biggest guaranteed contract in National Basketball Association history.
Westbrook is coming off the best season of his career thus far, averaging a triple-double, in which he ran away with the NBA's MVP award.
Westbrook put to rest any doubt about his future by signing this massive extension.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti confirmed the news in a press release on Friday. He also broke the Big O's record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42.
In 2008, after two seasons at UCLA, Westbrook was selected with the fourth overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft. His averages: 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.
Looking forward, Oklahoma City will be committing more than $70 million a year to the trio of Westbrook, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson.
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. It'll just be expensive, something the Thunder isn't afraid of considering they'd be fielding one of the strongest teams in the league.