It looks like Russell Westbrook is all in on Oklahoma City.
Russell Westbrook has agreed in principle to a new deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Westbrook, a five-time All-Star, and his agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, are planning to fly to Oklahoma City on Thursday morning, sign the deal and likely hold a news conference with Thunder ownership and executives, league sources told The Vertical.
For the Thunder, the Westbrook commitment is a significant statement in the wake of star Kevin Durant’s departure for the Golden State Warriors. Westbrook is no longer a free agent in the summer of 2017, and Thunder GM Sam Presti and coach Billy Donovan have a longer window to continue improving the Thunder roster around Westbrook without the fear of losing him in free agency.
Until then Thunder fans will still cringe at Westbrook entering free agency next summer.
After rescinding a qualifying offer to Dion Waiters, which made him an unrestricted free agent — the goal would be to get the all-star point guard to commit to staying with the Thunder — then Oklahoma City would turn its attention to luring Blake Griffin next summer.