Westbrook's extension: Big deal?

Thoughts on Westbrook's contract, the Heat and more (PER Diem: Jan. 20, 2012)

Updated: January 20, 2012, 3:30 PM ET
By John Hollinger |

If you take away one thing from all the discussion about rookie contract extensions over the next week, make it this: Nobody has ever turned down a max extension.

That includes LeBron James, Chris Bosh and several other players who either eventually left their teams for greener pastures as free agents or used the threat of it to push their way out.