Russell Westbrook will remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder after agreeing to a five-year, $205 million extension that gives him the largest total contract in NBA history - $233 million for six years - Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported.
Westbrook's extension begins with the 2018-19 season. Westbrook, who turns 29 Nov. 12, was the NBA MVP last season when he averaged a triple-double of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. The Thunder lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Houston Rockets in five games.
The Thunder added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in trades this offseason. Anthony was acquired from the Knicks last week. Westbook's new deal could help convince George, eligible for free agency after the season, to stay in OKC as well.
WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”