Russell Westbrook renewed his contract with his team, Oklahoma City Thunder. This after Kevin Durant, his star teammate for more than 10 years (in fact, they go back to college days) left him to join the Golden State Warriors, their arch rival team. Apparently, the best buddies are not in speaking terms now. We can expect tension between the two when they see each other, this time, as opponents.
Westbrook is sure to spend another three years as the face of the Thunder after signing an $85 million deal. He will be granted a player option on the third year, which would clear the way for him to return to free agency.
In a statement, Westbrook shared that he is grateful to renew his Thunder contract and said that he loves to be part of it since he was drafted into the N.B.A. He was firmed with his decision despite not having Durant around anymore, who was his partner since his career started. Together, they made Oklahoma City a perennial N.B.A. title contender. Westbrook said he is excited about moving forward.
The perennial superstar point guard played for no other franchise except his original team. He recently received a hero?s welcome from OKC fans, and was pronounced as ?man of the hour.?
During a press conference, Westbrook gave a priceless answer when asked if he felt “stung” by Durant’s decision with another question, “Stings for who?” What seems to hurt Westbrook the most is that Durant told him about his leaving only via a text message. Durant said he had no plans to call Westbrook as the situation is “touchy.”
On the other hand, Durant said is happy for his old pal. He said it is good for him, his family and all the people in Oklahoma City that love to see him play on their team. Durant is currently part of the United States men?s Olympic team to compete in Rio de Janeiro.