The Oklahoma City Thunder might never replace Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook’s future with the team still is uncertain, but the team has solidified a piece of its backcourt for the next few years.
OKC and guard Victor Oladipo reportedly agreed to a four-year, $84 million extension Tuesday, per Shams Charania of The Vertical, who cited league sources.
Oladipo is in his first season with the Thunder after being acquired in an offseason trade with the Orlando Magic. Still just 24 years old, Oladipo has averaged 17 points per game through three contests with his new team, and he apparently has shown enough for the Thunder to make him the latest NBA player to earn at least $20 million annually. There currently are 29 players in the league making at least $20 million this season.
Oladipo was taken second overall by the Magic in the 2013 NBA draft, and he averaged 15.9 points and four assists per game during his three-season stint with the team.
With Oladipo taken care of, the Thunder likely will shift their focus towards locking up star guard Russell Westbrook, who’s able to become an unrestricted free agent after next season.
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