NBA news: Russell Westbrook eyes championship run – ‘We are ready to make some noise’

The Thunder exited the playoffs in the first round last season after coming up short against the Utah Jazz and had been expected to lose the services of Los Angeles native George to the Lakers.

However, the 27-year-old surprised many by deciding to stay put alongside Westbrook over playing with LeBron James in Los Angeles, signing a max deal worth $ 137m over four years.

Speaking to ESPN earlier this week, former MVP Westbrook opened up on his feelings about the extension, revealing the team had big plans for the coming year.

“Paul has been an unbelievable team-mate and a great friend but he is very excited to be back,” Westbrook said.

“We’re ready to make some noise.

“We’re just going to take it one day at a time. I think our team, we have a lot of great young talent and our job now is to have one goal, winning a championship.”

As well as re-signing George, Thunder GM Sam Presti tied down young forward Jerami Grant to an extension, traded for backup point guard Dennis Schroder and snapped up free agent Nerlens Noel.

Carmelo Anthony, who endured a tough year in an unfamiliar spot-up role for the Thunder, was allowed to leave the team as part of a complex three-team trade designed to enable the 10-time All-Star to become a free agent.

He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks before being bought out and is now expected to confirm a move to the Houston Rockets imminently.

But Thunder superstar Westbrook is confident his new-look outfit can compete in a stacked Western Conference next season – and fans are behind him.

“Russ is the guy. I hope OKC do well this season, he deserves it for sure,” read one comment after the interview was posted on YouTube.

Another said: “I think this young Thunder team can make noise in the playoffs…”

“Westbrook will have a ring within the next five years,” declared a third.

Daily Express :: Sport Feed

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