A common comparison for Westbrook's extension is Boston point guard Rajon Rondo's five-year, $55 million deal. But that is now viewed by many as a steal for Boston. Westbrook is quickly proving to be just as dominant as Rondo as the league shifts to a point guard oriented game. If Green gets $10 million a year, Westbrook could follow up with demands of something closer to a max deal.
Because he was, at best, the fourth option as a rookie, people forget just how talented the former No. 3 overall pick is. If Harden develops as expected, he could easily command a starting salary at $8 million per season. But with the Thunder on the hook for extensions to Durant, Green and Westbrook already by the time Harden's deal would kick in it would be difficult to pay Harden his market value if Green's deal is over-inflated.
With Ibaka scheduled for his bump in the same season as Harden, it will be extremely difficult to pay five talented young players a fair wage. Thunder management has been diligent in setting aside cap space for this very reason, and at this point OKC is likely to be well above the salary cap. One way to avoid the more important luxury tax threshold, though, is to frontload Green's deal and perhaps Ibaka's.
If Maynor is still around when his extension would kick in during the 2013-14 season, the Thunder has really outdone itself in finding and acquiring special talent. Because Maynor would always be a backup to Westbrook in OKC, it's more likely that the Thunder would need to trade him down the line and find a cheaper alternative.
Right now he's a center prospect with great potential. If he is to make a dent in the Thunder's payroll when he's due for a raise he'll first have to show much more. Right now it's not much of an issue. Cole Aldrich
Even if Green gets a five-year deal, Aldrich's extension wouldn't kick in until Green has just one more year left on his deal. That would mean the Thunder, depending on what types of deals it does with its other young talent, could extend Aldrich without worrying much about Aldrich potentially bloating the books for an even longer period.
Because the defensive whiz inked such a cost-efficient deal (four years, $13.8 million) it's unlikely the Thunder would need to trade Sefolosha. Sefolosha is scheduled to make just $3.9 million in the final year of his contract, when extensions for Durant, Green, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka, Maynor and Mullens would all be on the books.