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Twitter reacts to Russell Westbrook signing extension on Kevin Durant's birthday

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Russell Westbrook has signed the largest contract in NBA history after penning a five-year, $205 million extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The deal ends months of speculation surrounding the superstar's future after he took his time accepting the offer from OKC which has been on the table throughout the summer.

The franchise and its fan base were worried that the reigning MVP would test free agency next year but he has now put that to bed.

The timing of Westbrook's decision to sign the extension has also been a topic of interest across social media.

Ironically, the agreement was made official on the day of former teammate Kevin Durant's birthday.

This could all be just a huge coincidence, but as you'd expect, many across social media weren't buying it and had fun with it.

Here are some of the best reactions to this news:

It probably wasn't intentional but it certainly is funny and we all love a bit of potential pettiness.

The real reason behind his decision to sign an extension has a lot to do with the moves that general manager Sam Presti and the Thunder front office have pulled off this summer.

After a year which saw him take on a massive load as the only star on the team, Westbrook will now be teaming up with All-Star duo Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

The six-time All-Star hinted on media day that he would be committing to the team by saying "this is a place I want to be".

Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

The point guard has never shown a desire to leave and is now likely to spend his entire career in Oklahoma City.

"When you play in Oklahoma City you play in front of the best fans in the world, I'm looking forward to bringing everything I've got, for them, this city and for this organisation," he said in a statement.

The 28-year-old enjoyed a historic season last year as he averaged a triple-double of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.

With a star-studded cast, he will now set his sights on winning his first championship and dethroning Durant and the Warriors.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

The issue of loyalty has been a hot topic across the league in recent years but Westbrook showed that there are still players who value staying on one team.

It was rumoured that he would fancy returning to his hometown of Los Angeles to play for the Lakers but he clearly has an affiliation with OKC and he proved that it's still possible for a small market team to hold on to a superstar.

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