Found June 28, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti had a clear advantage over the other teams in the NBA's draft lottery. Coming off a 60-22 season, albeit one that finished in disappointing fashion in the playoffs, Presti was in search of complementary pieces Thursday night rather than building blocks. Granted, the Thunder's top pick - the 12th - wasn't as high as Presti had initially hoped for when trading away swingman James Harden to Houston last year. Afterward, however, he felt as if the Thunder had found the kind of players they were looking for - those who could provide help right away for the core unit of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka while also possibly developing into much more in the future. ''One of the things about our team that we always have to keep in mind is that the core group is really still evolving and growing,'' Presti said. ''Conceptually, although Kevin and Russell and Serge, in particular, have played an inord...
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