Westbrook waited months to sign this contract, and he chose to close the deal on Kevin Durant's birthday. With Russ back in the fold, the team can now try and work their magic on keeping Paul George and Carmelo Anthony for longer than one season as they try to bring an elusive title to Oklahoma. Oklahoma City is where Westbrook wants to play professional basketball, not Los Angeles.
But Anthony will be 34 in May and likely won't command more than that per season in free agency. Soon after, Westbrookagreed to a contract extension through 2018-19 season, with the final season being a player option.
The Thunder acquired Westbrook, a UCLA standout, with the No. 4 overall pick at the 2018 NBA Draft.
When Durant bolted for Golden State, Westbrook became the man in Oklahoma City. Westbrook averaged a triple-double last season and was the league scoring champion, averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. Oklahoma City is not a small market and typically has trouble attracting top free agents. By the age that Westbrook will be the end of his extension, they had declined to an average of 9.0 WARP - a little bit shy of what typically merits an All-Star selection. He also stated previous year that Westbrook reminds him of his younger self, since he feels that he still has so much more to prove for the rest of his career.
'America's Got Talent' 2017 finale victor revealed
The Atlantic Ocean couldn't keep Darci contained - she also competed at age 11 the British show " Little Big Shots ". The Miss America 2017 and the US Open in 2015 were just some of the notable events she was invited to perform in.
Mattis: North Korea Sanctions Are Working
So they aim for the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Mattis said, "where at least we hope no ships are around". China in turn favours an global response to the problem.
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With his effort against the Hawkeyes, Barkley became the seventh player in Penn State history to have 3,000 career rushing yards. More than a smattering of boos could be heard at Kinnick Stadium as the swarming Nittany Lions defense was in total command.
Israel says Interpol acceptance harms peace
Cardin said any "red notices" issued by the Palestinians "will not be recognized in many countries, including the United States". About 300 Palestinians - majority assailants, Israel says - have also been killed in that period, according to AFP news agency.
North Korea Leader Threatens US With 'Highest Level' Response
Trump has unleashed many strong statements on North Korea including his August warning the North will be met with "fire and fury". The flight follows a week of heightened rhetoric from Washington and Pyongyang , with Trump and Kim Jong Un trading insults.
South Korea says natural North Korea quake detected
North Korea fired a missile last week that travelled over Japan's northern island of Hokkaido and plunged into the Pacific Ocean. A South Korean expert said the quake could have been caused by geological stress created from the recent nuclear explosion.
Dieselgate: VW to take another $3 bn hit; ex-official held
Traders and analysts were disheartened by the fact the company was still paying charges over two years after the scandal broke. VW attributed the latest charge to "an increase in provisions relating to the buyback/retrofit program for 2.0l TDI vehicles".