Russell Westbrook is yet to decide whether he will sign the Designated Veteran Player Extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason or not. However, Thunder center Ener Kanter believes Westbrook won’t go anywhere and will retire in Oklahoma City.
“One thing I saw about him is he’s a loyal guy,” Kanter said. “I understand he’s from L.A., he loves L.A., he goes to L.A. every summer, but he’s a loyal player. I think he’s gonna finish his career in Oklahoma City.”
Will Russell Westbrook sign another extension with the OKC Thunder?
Russell Westbrook established an incredible performance in the 2016-17 NBA season, averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per game. He became the second player in the league to average a triple-double in a single season. After being included in the All-NBA First Team, Westbrook is eligible to sign another massive contract extension with the Thunder.
If Westbrook wouldn’t sign the extension, there are speculations that the Thunder will consider trading him this offseason. However, as Ener Kanter said, the 28-year-old point guard will remain loyal with the Thunder, unlike Kevin Durant. Westbrook surely doesn’t want to become the second most hated NBA player in Oklahoma City.
However, the Thunder should do their part to convince him to stay. The outcome of the NBA Playoffs 2017 showed that the Thunder’s current roster isn’t enough to dethrone the Golden State Warriors or even beat other playoff contenders in the Western Conference. In the upcoming offseason, the Thunder should surround Westbrook with quality players who can help him bring the team to the NBA Finals.
Russell Westbrook as 2017 Most Valuable Player
Russell Westbrook is currently a finalist for the 2017 Most Valuable Player. The winner will be announced at the NBA Awards Show on June 26. For Enes Kanter, Westbrook doesn’t care at all whether he wins the award or not.
“He’s not that type of guy like ‘oh man, the world is over,’” Kanter said. “What he’s doing – all this chasing, breaking records, triple-doubles and everything – but he’s stayed hungry. People don’t know how good of a guy he is outside of the basketball, because he’s always like angry, he wants to bury you on that court. But outside, he’s a talker, he’s a joker, he makes all these jokes when we’re playing. He plays video games with Andre Roberson on the plane, so he was like a really nice guy. When a rookie comes to our team, I’m really happy for him because there is a good leader like Russell. It’s so much fun to just be around him.”