While this offseason’s headlines have partly been about the Oklahoma City Thunder pulling off the shocking trade with the Indiana Pacers to land Paul George, a new topic of conversation is on the horizon.
It will be about the contract status and future of Russell Westbrook who is eligible for a multi-year deal extension for over $200 million.
Westbrook’s teammate Enes Kanter talked to The Norman Transcript about the pending extension and how important Westbrook is to the team and the city.
“He knows that there is not another place on Earth that people love him like OKC fans do” Kanter said.
“I see him like my brother, and he loves it here. I hope he’ll stay. He’s a huge part of our family.”
And while Kanter knows how important Westbrook is to the team he admits that he hasn’t discussed the contract extension with Westbrook and that it is “awkward”.
“No. We don’t talk about it. We don’t talk about it, yeah” Kanter said/
“It is awkward. Of course it is awkward, but in the end, it’s a business. We don’t really talk about it, but we know how much we love each other.”
Blazers’ Damian Lillard Discusses Game Winning Shot
In the ultimate last work towards the trash talking Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard hit a ridiculous, buzzer-beating 3-point shot to eliminate the Thunder on Tuesday.
The shot will live on for an eternity and Lillard took time to discuss the dagger that sent the talking Russell Westbrook and his team packing.
“I was blanking out,” Lillard said, according to Jason Quick of The Athletic. “I was having my own thoughts. I was … angry. Not that type of anger like I was mad, but anger like I was in a rage.”
Thunder’s Billy Donovan defends Paul George for End of Game Dunk
Oklahoma City Thunder forward, and MVP candidate, Paul George ruffled the feathers of the Portland Trail Blazers for opting to dunk the ball as opposed to dribbling out the clock in their Game 3 victory.
While George made no friends with the Blazers, who visibly took issue with the dunk, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan had no issue with what took place.
“My feeling was they probably shot a shot,” Donovan said, according to Ben Golliver of the Washington Post. “Paul kind of went in and dunked it. Both teams played the game all the way out.”
George declined to comment on the dunk in the post-game presser.
Thunder’s Markieff Morris Taking Time with New Team
Oklahoma City Thunder newly signed forward Markieff Morris has played just 3 games with his new team after being signed back on February 20th, and is taking his time with getting acclimated with the Thunder.
“For me, you just want to be a help to the team,” Morris said, according to Maddie Lee of the Oklahoman.
“You don’t want to come in and force things. You want everything to go smooth, how they went before you got here. So for me just getting acclimated to the offense and defense, playing with the guys.”
Morris began the season with the Washington Wizards.
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