The Oklahoma City Thunder are entering one of the most exciting seasons in franchise history with their own version of a big three in Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony. Along with this excitement, the Thunder are also facing uncertainty about their future after this season with the possibility of losing their Big Three in 2018 hanging over their heads.The uncertainty reached a new level when Westbrook addressed his contract situation during the Thunder media day before the start of training camp.

When asked about why he’s taking his time in signing the five-year, $207-million contract extension on the table, Westbrook gave the lamest of excuses, according to Matt Burke of

Westbrook said he recently had a baby and he’s been busy tending to his son that he doesn’t have time to sign the contract. There’s nothing else for Westbrook to wait as the $207 million is the maximum amount that he could get from the Thunder.

However, Westbrook assured that Oklahoma City is the place he wants to be. However, Westbrook did not mention when exactly he will sign the contract. The Thunder have until October 16 to sign Westbrook to a deal. If not, the Thunder will let another superstar off their grasp, just like what happened to them when Kevin Durant bolted the team and joined the Golden State Warriors last season.

Anthony, George could turn free agents in 2018

Aside from Westbrook, Anthony and George are both playing on a one-year deal and could turn unrestricted free agents in 2018.

Rumors are swirling that they could join forces with the Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron James, who is also reported to be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018. Earlier, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN raised the possibility of George and Westbrook playing for the Lakers, their hometown team. The Thunder acquired George from the Indiana Pacers for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis despite knowing that he’s basically a loaner on a one-year deal.

The Thunder were also aware that Anthony is also scheduled to become a free-agent in 2018 before they traded Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a future second-round pick.

George believes Thunder are now title contenders

For now, the Thunder are focused on the coming season, where they are expected to give the Golden State Warriors a run for their money.

For George, the entry of Anthony has made the Thunder a championship team, adding that they now have enough talent to compete with the best in the Western Conference, especially the Warriors, who are eyeing a second straight NBA crown.