Report: Russ On Brink of Re-Signing

Tell me it’s real — this feeling that we feel

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In just the kind of news we were hoping to hear on a random Wednesday in August: Russell Westbrook appears close signing an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Let me repeat: Russell Westbroook is close to signing an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, the agent for Oklahoma City superstar Russell Westbrook, is engaged in serious talks with the Thunder on a contract renegotiation that could secure Westbrook through the 2018–19 season in Oklahoma City, league sources told The Vertical.
No deal has been finalized for the five-time All-Star guard, but there’s momentum toward a three-year, $85 million-plus maximum contract renegotiation agreement, league sources told The Vertical.

So we are talking about an extension that would keep the Brodie in Oklahoma City through at least the 2017–18 season, with a player option for the 2018–19 campaign. After a month of hearing how Westbrook was all but certain to skip town, it appears as though he’s willing to stick around and feel things out.

My man.

His salary by year under the reported deal would look as such (per Woj):

2016–17: $26.5 million

2017–18: $28.5 million

2018–19 (Player Option): $30.6 million

For now — we wait — but it really seems like this deal is close to being done. We’re expecting Russell Westbrook back in Oklahoma City next season and beyond. The sun is shining once again.