Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/19/12
The Oklahoma City Thunder locked up the second half of their young, dynamic duo Thursday, agreeing to terms on a long-term extension with All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook. According to Yahoo! Sports, the 23-year-old will receive the maximum-allowable extension, which will be worth $80 million over five years starting next season. "We are thrilled to solidify Russell's future with the Thunder," general manager Sam Presti said in a release from the team. "Since we arrived in Oklahoma City, Russell's work ethic, persistence, character and involvement in our community have helped us establish the standards that we are committed to on a day-to-day basis. He is a valued member of our organization and we look forward to his continued contributions on and off the floor." The contract ensures the team will move forward with Westbrook, who has emerged as one of the NBA's best guards, alongside superstar scorer Kevin Durant. The pairing led the team to the Western Conference Finals l...
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