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Report: Westbrook signs with OKC for biggest total contract in NBA history

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Report: Westbrook signs with OKC for biggest total contract in NBA history

The NBA's crazy offseason continues. 

Almost three months after Stephen Curry signed the largest contract in NBA history, the Oklahoma City Thunder have given that distinction to Russell Westbrook.

According to reports, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player will sign a five-year, $205 million deal. That, coupled with the remaining year on his contact pushes the total deal to six years, $233 million -- making that the largest in the association's history.

Curry's $201 million deal had been the biggest. 

Westbrook's new contact comes on the heels of the Thunder trading for Carmelo Anthony in an offseason that includes another deal for former Pacer Paul George.

Seeing the new contract will be a lovely birthday gift for Kevin Durant, who turns 29 years old on Friday and earlier this summer took a discount to return and play for the NBA champion Warriors. 

NBA rumors: Warriors likely draft Anthony Edwards at No. 1 if no trade

NBA rumors: Warriors likely draft Anthony Edwards at No. 1 if no trade

The Warriors have not selected No. 1 overall in the NBA draft since 1995.

That year, they took big man Joe Smith out of Maryland.

What will they do if they win the NBA Draft Lottery this year?

Well, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle:

If the Warriors land the No. 1 pick in the draft, they’ll be open to trading it. But if Golden State doesn’t receive a worthy offer, it would likely take (Anthony) Edwards with the top selection, according to a league source.

Edwards -- who officially declared for the draft last week -- is considered the No. 1 prospect by ESPN and The Athletic.

The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals as a freshman at Georgia. He shot 40 percent overall and 29.4 percent from deep (he went 3-for-25 his last three games).

Edwards -- who does not turn 19 years old until August -- was incredible in the second half of a game against Michigan State at the Maui Invitational in November, racking up 33 points and producing multiple highlight-reel plays.

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole wrote in a recent profile:

The Warriors have the requisite patience and proper environment for someone like Edwards to prosper. They know coaching is a crucial factor in maximizing Edwards’ stratospheric potential, and they realize another key factor is environment. With a nine-man staff under Steve Kerr and a culture of winning, they rank high in both areas.

The primary factor is talent, and Edwards has plenty of that. There was some inconsistency, typical of a freshman but also a product of the junk defenses thrown his way on a mediocre team.

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The lottery is scheduled for May 19, but it's widely anticipated the whole NBA calendar will be pushed back as the world continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

So you should expect to hear a bunch more draft rumors in the coming months.

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NBA rumors: Warriors not high on James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball in draft

NBA rumors: Warriors not high on James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball in draft

The NBA Draft Lottery is scheduled to take place May 19.

The 2020 NBA Draft is slated for June 25.

But those two events could be pushed back months as everything is up in the air because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Warriors are all but guaranteed to land a top-five pick, and it's possible they end up with the No. 1 overall selection.

If you want Golden State to go with center James Wiseman or guard LaMelo Ball, you won't like the latest intel from Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle:

According to multiple league sources The Chronicle contacted in the past few days, the Warriors — contrary to what mock drafts might suggest — aren’t believed to be high on two of the three players being mentioned as possibilities at the No. 1 pick: former Memphis center James Wiseman and point guard LaMelo Ball, who last played for the Illawarra Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League.

As one source put it, “I think they’d only take one of those two if they were trading down in the draft and taking them for another team.”

Wiseman -- who dealt with eligibility issues at Memphis -- appeared in just three games for the Tigers this season.

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Ball -- the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball -- appeared in 13 games for the Illwarra Hawks in Australia's National Basketball League, averaging 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.5 steals.

His season was cut short in late November because of a bone bruise in his foot.

Yours truly is not going to make any predictions on what the Warriors will do because it's too early in the process. There just are too many unknowns at this point.

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