Oklahoma City Thunder have an agreement in principle with Russell Westbrook on a new three-year contract worth $85.7 million, league sources have confirmed.
Westbrook, 27, will sign the contract on Thursday in Oklahoma City, sources said.
Talks between the sides centered on the addition of two more years to Westbrook’s current deal, which expires after the 2016-17 season. The new deal calls for an $8.7 million increase in Westbrook’s salary for this season, from $17.8 million to the maximum $26.5 million. He would then earn the max the next two seasons.
Only one of those two seasons is guaranteed, though.Westbrook, who has played all eight seasons of his career in Oklahoma City, will have a player option for the third season of the deal that would allow him to capitalize on the league rule allowing players who have completed 10 seasons to earn a larger max salary.
A five-time All-Star and two-time All-Star Game MVP, Westbrook averaged 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.4 assists last season and finished fourth in the MVP voting.Westbrook had a season for the ages in 2015-16, tying Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in the past 50 years with a league-high 18, including six in the month of March.