The Thunder didn't exactly have an alternative, though.
We recognize and deeply appreciate Russell’s rare and unique abilities as he leads the Oklahoma City Thunder, but also understand his presence and impact on our community will be felt for decades to come.
But now that George and Anthony are in the fold, the Thunder should quickly move back into a tier of elite Western Conference title contenders as they attempt to give the Rockets and Warriors a run for their money.
Assuming the team's new star-studded triumvirate can propel OKC toward the title summit, Presti will enter next summer with a compelling pitch to make Anthony and George as he hopes to keep the team's core in tact for years to come.
ESPN reports that Westbrook's total contract is the largest in NBA history, worth 3 million over six years.
A short time later, the Oklahoma City Thunder confirmed that Westbrook had signed a multi-year contract extension.
When you play in Oklahoma City you play in front of the best fans in the world, I’m looking forward to bringing everything I’ve got, for them, this city and for this organization. ” Westbrook had until October 16 to sign the extension, or he would have had to have waited until next summer.