Russell Westbrook inks 10-year extension with Jordan Brand

Russell Westbrook thunder

Russell Westbrook thunder

With this new, record breaking contract in hand, Russ will stay a Jordan athlete through the 2025/26 season. The five-year deal was set to expire next year, but his agent.

As brands evolve and get more exposure, "shoe free agents" are becoming nearly as lucrative as the players who wear them.

And while Westbrook has yet to sign his extension with the Thunder, this latest move could be a sign that he intends to dominate this league for many years to come.

Rather than invest resources into designing, developing and marketing another possibly short-lived signature line, Jordan Brand wanted to first ensure that Westbrook would be with the company for the long haul. Eventually, Nike aligned him with Jordan. The increased pay rate will also retroactively apply to his 2016-17 MVP season, according to sources.

The Thunder star averaged a triple-double-a first in the National Basketball Association since Oscar Robertson did it in 1962-with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists in leading OKC to the playoffs even with the departure of Kevin Durant.

According to Nick DePaula of ESPN, part of the contract will include his own on-court performance Air Jordan signature shoe. Known for his pre-game fashion choices, his off-court shoes will be in sharp contrast to the ones he will wear on the court.

In addition to the money & upcoming shoes, the new deal also includes an annual donation by Team Jordan to Westbrook's "Why Not?"

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