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It's not the biggest transaction in the grand scheme of the NBA, especially considering the veteran, now in his 11th season, is averaging career lows in points (3.8), rebounds (3.4) and minutes (16) per game. If anything, how the deal was structured might be of most interest to the league at large; the Thunder front office used an obscure and never-before-used provision from the collective bargaining agreement to give Collison a raise -- from his $2.5 million salary this season to $3.75 million next year -- based on his 10-plus seasons of service with one team. ESPN.com

In real terms, the difference might not be massive. It could be in theory – assuming for argument’s sake that he both merits and demands the biggest extension possible, a standard extension for Collison would total $7,772,744 over three years, whereas under this provision it would be $16,849,013 (starting at 107.5% of the $4.86 million average over the previous five years, with 7.5% raises). But in practice, Collison no longer merits that amount. Nevertheless, maybe Collison could get a bit of it. The Thunder have not the financial resources to voluntarily overpay, of course. But Kendrick Perkins finally expires this summer, and Collison is owed a favour. They know what to do. BBALLBREAKDOWN

Anthony Morrow: Congrats to one of the best teammates I've had in my 7 years in the NBA. Nick Collison well deserved, sir!! #Dirty #HeSetScreensForMe #ImAlwaysWideOpen lol Instagram

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While some may question the attractiveness of the Oklahoma City market, the Thunder have largely been successful in keeping their top players when they've offered significant money. “This organization shows a commitment to players, and it’s an everyday thing,” Collison told ESPN after he signed his deal. “That is something the guys have valued, how we’ve been treated over the years. Guys appreciate it and we’ve wanted to be here. It’s a two-way street.” It's clearly important to Collison, who has now signed three contract extensions with the franchise. But it also aligns with what Durant has said about his free agency in 2016. ESPN.com

The Thunder have had their share of players who didn't follow the Collison plan over the past four years, too; namely Jeff Green, James Harden and now Jackson. Green and Harden were traded before they ever hit free agency. Jackson, a restricted free agent this summer, has been in trade talks for several weeks. Sam Presti has never allowed one of his core players to reach free agency since he took over as general manager in 2007. This year's trade deadline is now three weeks away. “This organization has always shown an interest in getting something done [before free agency],” Collision said. “When both sides feel good about the deal, then things get done.” ESPN.com

Chris Palmer: Dude who averages 3 pts & 3 rebs gets 2-year/$8M extension. No wonder they won't make the playoffs. Kevin Durant: @Chris Palmer means a lot coming from a dude who got fired for being a dumbass. Chris Palmer: @Kevin Durant Love that you got your teammates back. But you should get your facts straight. Twitter @ChrisPalmerNBA

Anthony Slater: Quote from Sam Presti on the Nick Collison extension via team press release: “We are excited that Nick Collison will continue his tenure with the Thunder. Since our arrival in 2008, Nick has helped us establish the standards on and off the floor that we work by on a day-to-day basis,” said Presti. “He has accepted various roles, demonstrated professionalism in all aspects of his craft, and shown a commitment to an organizational philosophy that is rare in sports today. Nick is the type of player that will always be valued in Oklahoma City, and we are thrilled he will continue to be a foundational member of the Thunder moving forward.” http://t.co/1Bo1LEksWX Twitter @anthonyVslater

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