Thunder signing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to max contract extension

Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
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While Shai Gilgeous-Alexander spent the 2019-20 season playing off the ball next to Chris Paul, then-Thunder coach Billy Donovan said, “Shai is, no question, more than capable of playing point guard and running a team.” Alexander got the opportunity last season and spread his wings.

Now, Oklahoma City is paying him to fly.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

A max deal projects to be worth $173 million over five years — or $207 million if Gilgeous-Alexander meets the super-max criteria. Either way, the exact amount won’t be determined until next year, when the extension begins.

There had been speculation the Thunder would look to trade Gilgeous-Alexander, because the 23-year-old is already too good for their fledgling rebuild. And they still might. Gilgeous-Alexander still holds tremendous value on this deal.

Oklahoma City just drafted intriguing point forward Josh Giddey with the No. 6 pick. Theo Maledon got All-Rookie votes. Kemba Walker is still on the roster.

The Thunder have a complex situation at point guard.

But make no mistake: Gilgeous-Alexander is the main attraction.