Russell Westbrook's contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder is official as the franchise heads into the post-Kevin Durant era. Much has been made about the relationship of the duo, who spent eight years together before KD decided to join the Golden State Warriors in free agency this summer.
Westbrook remained quiet throughout the summer while he decided on what the next step was in his own career. But now that has been sorted, he faced a number of questions about the 2014 Most Valuable Player during his official press conference.
Asked what the relationship between himself and Durant would be like going forward, he said: "We’ve been together eight years. You don’t throw that away…We definitely will talk eventually."
Having fought many battles together on and off the court, it was somewhat a surprise to hear that Durant had not spoken to Russ about his decision and the point guard found out via the media. However, the California native acknowledged that everyone has their own way of doing things and insisted his main concern was now performing at his best for OKC.
Without Durant for the first time since their relocation from Seattle, it will be a new experience for the franchise, but one they can enjoy more knowing they have the fall-back of their two-time All-Star Game MVP superstar.
During the last two seasons, without Durantula on the floor, Westbrook averaged 35.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 10.6 assists per 40 minutes - expect to see the same crazy numbers in the next campaign.