The Oklahoma City Thunder locked up another core member of their team on Thursday, as “NBA.com” has reported that the club and guard Russell Westbrook have agreed to a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal have not been released by the team. The deal comes one day after Westbrook scored 36 points in a loss against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The point guard along with All-Star forward Kevin Durant have led the transformation of the Thunder from Lottery team to one of the strongest franchises in the Association. Oklahoma City currently has the best record in the Western Conference with a 15-3 mark.
The 23-year-old point guard was the fourth pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and is in his fourth year playing in the Association. Last year Westbrook was named to his first NBA All-Star squad. He has averaged 17.9 points, 7.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game through his career. Thunder General Manager Sam Presti released a statement announcing the extension. Presti wrote “We are thrilled to solidify Russell’s future with the Thunder. Since we arrived in Oklahoma City, Russell’s work ethic, persistence, character, and involvement in our community have helped us establish the standards that we are committed to on a day-to-day basis. He is a valued member of our organization and we look forward to his continued contributions on and off the floor.”