Star’s historic deal: ‘Unlike anything we’ve done before’

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RUSSELL Westbrook has signed a monster 10-year extension deal with Nike’s Jordan brand that will be the most lucrative endorsement deal for a Jordan athlete.

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RUSSELL Westbrook has signed a monster 10-year extension deal with Nike’s Jordan brand that will be the most lucrative endorsement deal for a Jordan athlete.

Coming off the back of a remarkable 2016-17 season in which he became only the second man in NBA history to average a triple-double, while also leading the Thunder into the playoffs and claiming his first MVP trophy.

Having joined the brand back in 2013, the signing of this extension will keep him with the company through the 2025/26 NBA season and will bring with it his first signature shoe which will be “unlike anything that Jordan Brand has done before,”

an industry source told ESPNs Nick DePaula

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With both on and off court sneakers a part of the deal, Jordan Brand will contribute an annual donation to Westbrook’s ‘Why Not’ Foundation.

The lucrative deal between the two sides also includes an “ambassador clause” meaning Westbrook will have appearance opportunities and legacy potential even once he retires.

It’s unclear how big an impact the shoe deal will have on Westbrook’s NBA future with the MVP’s contract situation set to be one of the biggest talking points heading into the 2017-18 season.

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Westbrook has a clause in his favour to remain with the Thunder until the end of the 2018-19 season if he wants to — but he can also choose not to activate the clause and become a free agent at the end of this season.

Westbrook will reportedly be eligible to sign a five-year maximum contract extension with the Thunder heading into the last year of his deal, meaning he could sign a new deal with his current team worth more that $235 million over six years through to the end of the 2022-23 season,

according to The Oklahoman

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In the other big shoe news of the day, former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant launched the release of his Nike KD 10 Finals shoes which took aim at Westbrook and the haters.

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