As soon as Kevin Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, much of the attention in Oklahoma City turned to the future of Russell Westbrook. We've seen much speculation and many trade rumors in the weeks since Durant's momentous decision, but the star point guard has been publicly silent as he ponders his future.

Westbrook isn't a free agent until next summer, but as ESPN's Royce Young notes, "effectively, [Westbrook is] making his 2017 decision now." He can either commit to the Thunder long-term right now, or he can decline, which would likely cause the Thunder to trade him and get some value in return instead of risk losing him for nothing like they lost Durant.

Westbrook continues to weigh his options following Durant's move, which left him "angry and hurt" in part because Durant didn't tell him personally, according to Young. But Westbrook has been in contact with the organization since that decision. Their hope is he'll give them clarity so they can make an informed decision on how to move forward in a post-Durant world. This is why he's deciding his Thunder future a year in advance.

How will this play out? There are a few different routes this can take.

Westbrook signs a long-term extension with the Thunder

Though extensions to players already under contract are rare under this new CBA, there is a mechanism by which the Thunder can use cap space to renegotiate Westbrook's existing contract and then tack on up to three more years beyond that. Initial reports suggested Westbrook had little to no interest in pursuing this route, but he's never come out and said this. So for now, it remains on the table.

With Dion Waiters out of the picture, the Thunder have the cap space to renegotiate Westbrook's contract, which is currently set to pay him $17.77 million, up to the current maximum contract for a player with his years of service, which is $26.54 million. They could then extend Westbrook's contract for up to three more seasons with normal annual raises.

Usually, players decline this route because it is more lucrative for them to hit free agency, where they can re-sign for five years with their current team or four years elsewhere. But thanks to that bump of nearly $9 million this year, Westbrook could potentially make more money through each of the next four seasons than if he played out this season on his current deal and then signed a new long-term contract next summer.