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Andre Roberson Returns to Thunder on Three-Year, $30 Million Contract

Andre Roberson Returns to Thunder on Three-Year, $30 Million Contract

The Oklahoma City Thunder have re-signed defensive stalwart Andre Roberson to a three-year, $30 million deal, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Although Roberson was a restricted free agent — meaning that the Thunder had the right to match any offer tendered by another team — he chose to sign outright deal with Oklahoma City rather than accept an offer sheet.

Apparently, Roberson preferred a three-year contract over a guaranteed fourth year. A second team all-defensive team selection last season, $10 million a year for Roberson’s services seems like a great value, especially considering estimates on what offers he could pull in.

Through the offseason, the reports out of the Thunder front office were the same: Oklahoma City was determined to keep their defensive specialist. Now, they do so on a team-friendly offer.

Last fall, Roberson reportedly turned down a four-year, $48 million offer. He’ll be missing out an about $2 million a year, but Roberson gains flexibility (financial and otherwise) by not committing for a fourth season.

This moves the Thunder solidly into luxury cap territory. The team is about $4 million over the tax line, and a deal for first round pick Terrance Ferguson still must be hammered out. The organization has previously been criticized about its hesitance to go into the tax, but Presti, Clay Bennet, and co. will not risk losing another superstar. They will keep Westbrook at all costs — literally.

Now, a starting lineup of Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Paul George, Patrick Patterson, and Steven Adams seems likely. This move is just another stepping stone in Sam Presti’s already excellent summer.

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