National Basketball Association star Russell Westbrook signs five-year $205M deal with OKC

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Since the end of the season, the Thunder have pulled off trades for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, which should have them in an even better position to contend next season.

During a time in which some of the NBA's biggest stars seem to change teams every year, Russell Westbrook isn't going anywhere.

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The Thunder and Russell Westbrook have come to terms on contract extension which will reward the 2016-17 Most Valuable Player with the largest deal in National Basketball Association history, The Oklahoman confirmed Friday.

Westbrook, the league's reigning MVP, has been sitting on the deal for months; the Thunder first dangled the deal in July. Add that onto the extension that begins in the 2018-2019 season, and he's got the biggest guaranteed contract in National Basketball Association history.

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The short-term deal created flexibility for Oklahoma City to add parts - hence the moves to land George and Anthony - in hopes of enticing Westbrook to remain with the franchise. The NBA All-Star guard said in the statement that he feels "so honored" to stay a part of the Thunder organization.

Today is Kevin Durant's birthday. Amid the Thunder's despair in losing Durant, Westbrook's shorter-term commitment gave Presti and assistant GM Troy Weaver the ability to pursue the trades with in and NY to acquire George and Anthony, respectively. It may not be a flawless or deep group, but it's nonetheless a super-team that figures to help the Thunder get past the first round of the playoffs.

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In the days since Oklahoma City was eliminated from last season's playoffs, the Thunder roster has been completely revitalized.

For Thunder general manager Sam Presti, Westbrook's contract was a straightforward pursuit: Offer him the super-max extension, and he either signs it or he doesn't. 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.

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The deal signed Friday begins with the 2018-2019 season. Oklahoma City is not a small market and typically has trouble attracting top free agents.

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