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Did Russell Westbrook Make The Right Decision By Signing A Contract Extension With The Thunder?

Submitted by on August 5, 2016 – 10:03 amNo Comment

When Kevin Durant decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors in early July just a few days after becoming a free agent, most people assumed that it signified the end of an era for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now that KD was moving on, it would only be a matter of time before Russell Westbrook did the same, and before long, the Thunder would be forced to undergo a complete rebuild. But on Thursday, Westbrook showed that that will not be the case. He surprised many people by signing a three-year contract extension with the Thunder that could be worth as much as $85.7 million, and he solidified himself as the cornerstone of the OKC franchise in the post-KD era. It made a lot of people in OKC incredibly happy.

But did Westbrook make the right decision by sticking with the Thunder?

During a press conference that he held shortly after signing his contract extension, Westbrook revealed that he never even thought about taking his talents elsewhere. He told reporters that he understood why KD decided to sign with Golden State, but in doing so, he also said that he moved on almost immediately and asked Thunder general manager Sam Presti, “What’s next?”

“To me, that’s just my mentality,” Westbrook said. “What’s the next thing we need to do to help our team win? That’s all I’m worried about, to find ways to come in and figure out ways to make the team become a great organization.”

Westbrook sounds confident in his decision, but it could be a decision he comes to regret if the Thunder aren’t able to get over the hump and make a real run at the NBA Finals in the years to come. With Westbrook, the Thunder will still be a force to be reckoned with, but teams like the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers, and, of course, the Warriors, are going to make it difficult for OKC to flourish in the postseason.

But despite this, Westbrook sounds like a guy who’s open to the challenge, even though he won’t have Durant by his side anymore. And while it might ultimately prevent him from reaching his goal of winning an NBA title, it’s hard to criticize him for making the decision that he wanted to make. Only time will tell if it turns out to be the right one.

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