Russell Westbrook addresses the timing of his extension signing

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On Friday, Russell Westbrook signed a five-year, $205 million extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Not only was the deal the largest in NBA history, but it also was announced on Kevin Durant’s birthday.

Was it just a coincidence? We may now never know after Westbrook’s latest comments.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, the reigning MVP made it clear that he didn’t want to address the topic.

"I'd prefer not to do that," he said. "We have a great relationship, myself and [GM] Sam [Presti], and we talk about many different things. We have a good relationship where we don't have to make sure everybody knows exactly the time and date when I told him, but all that matters is we're on the same page about everything and me taking the summer to enjoy the things that I discussed already."

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Westbrook was originally offered the extension many weeks ago and left it on the table until Friday.

Given some of his past antics, it’s reasonable to assume that Westbrook specifically planned out the date of his signing in not only a way to throw another shot at Durant, but also to re-affirm his loyalty to Oklahoma City which he has repeatedly done over the course of his career.

"I wasn't worried," he said about potential distractions. "See, that's what I keep trying to tell you, I wasn't really worried about it because I know I wanted to be -- it didn't -- obviously with the time and everything, that's part of the job, but I wasn't really worried, man. I was really just focusing on just being at home and embracing that time.”

"My focus never shifted,” he continued. “I mean, obviously I didn't talk to you guys, so you guys were kind of making up your own assumptions, but my focus never changed. For me, you know, taking my time, family is the most important thing to me, and that's what I was focused on. When it's time to focus on basketball I do that, and that's it."

Since Westbrook is signed through the 2022-2023 season, there is a solid chance that he plays his entire career in one spot, which is extremely rare in today’s NBA landscape.

As one of the league’s most dynamic players on the court, his subtle and petty shots at his former co-star should continue to provide comedy for years to come, whether or not he decides to confirm their true meanings or not.

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