Russell Westbrook Reportedly May Delay Signing Contract After Paul George Trade

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 1, 2017

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) roars to the crowd before Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has a standing contract offer from the team that he will reportedly hold off on signing.

USA Today's Sam Amick reported Saturday that Westbrook isn't expected to sign a five-year, $217 million extension with the Thunder right away but that it will remain on the table until he does or the deadline to sign it expires at the start of the 2017-18 season.

ESPN.com's Royce Young reported Saturday one reason for Westbrook's delay is the presence of the newly acquired Paul George, since both players could become free agents after next season.

Amick noted Westbrook is a "happy superstar" following the Thunder's surprise acquisition of George.

After Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City to join the Golden State Warriors last summer, Westbrook agreed to a three-year, $86 million extension with the Thunder that he can opt out of after the 2017-18 season.

Amick reported in April that George was "hell-bent" on joining the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent. The Thunder have at least given themselves a chance to offer him more years and money than any other team by virtue of acquiring him.

Westbrook is eligible for the super-max extension after being named to the All-NBA first team each of the last two years. He was also named the 2016-17 NBA MVP after averaging a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists in 81 games.

Related

    Drake Pays Tribute to Kobe ✊

    Drizzy has No. 8 and 24 jerseys on the table during 'Toosie Slide' music video

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Drake Pays Tribute to Kobe ✊

    Blake Schuster
    via Bleacher Report

    Report: Las Vegas Under 'Serious Consideration' for 2020 NBA Playoffs

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Report: Las Vegas Under 'Serious Consideration' for 2020 NBA Playoffs

    Paul Kasabian
    via Bleacher Report

    Frank Vogel 'Fine' Not Knowing Who Tested Positive for COVID-19 on Lakers

    Vogel says he doesn't know who tested positive on his team and is 'totally fine with that

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Frank Vogel 'Fine' Not Knowing Who Tested Positive for COVID-19 on Lakers

    Megan Armstrong
    via Bleacher Report

    LaMelo Buys Australian Team 💰

    Ball and his manager Jermaine Jackson have purchased the Illawarra Hawks, the NBL team LaMelo played on in Australia

    NBA logo
    NBA

    LaMelo Buys Australian Team 💰

    Scott Polacek
    via Bleacher Report