Sam Presti was in the dark like everyone else.
The Oklahoma City Thunder general manager knows that Russell Westbrook plays at his own pace, and so these past few months required patience.
Would the reigning MVP sign the five-year, $205 million extension that had been sitting there for so long, quieting those years’ worth of rumors about how he was headed for his hometown of Los Angeles while sending a strong message to Paul George and Carmelo Anthony that they should stay too? Or would he keep his free agency options open, letting that Oct. 16 deadline come and go?
The answer came on Friday, when Westbrook finally put pen to paper on the largest contract in NBA history and this little-engine-that-could organization continued on with its impressive display of resiliency.
What a way to start their 10th season of existence.