SAM PRESTI RUMORS & GOSSIP

Sam Presti named 2017 Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador

Erik Horne Thunder general manager Sam Presti was announced as one of seven 2017 Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador honorees on Tuesday. The Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors honors the work and contributions of individuals who are among the state’s most creative leaders.
Via Thunder Rumblings
19 days ago

Serge Ibaka: ‘I never asked to be traded’ from Oklahoma City

The prevailing narrative surrounding Serge Ibaka this summer seems to be one of a disgruntled big man who was bothered by a marginalized role and wanted out of Oklahoma City, either via trade or via free agency next summer. But Ibaka insists that this wasn’t the case. In a feature for Sports Illustrated on Tuesday, Ibaka opened up about his wild offseason and put to rest rumors...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Durant introduced as a Warrior, says situation felt ‘real,’ ‘authentic’

Kevin Durant was introduced as the newest member of the Golden State Warriors on Thursday afternoon, and he lavished praise on his new teammates as well as discussing the reasons behind his decision. Durant was swayed as part of his meeting with Golden State, in which he was struck by the team’s camaraderie and the fact that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 07, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Will Russell Westbrook still be in OKC on opening night?

After watching Kevin Durant sign a two-year deal worth $54 million, the Oklahoma City Thunder are now in a tough spot. Russell Westbrook is entering the final year of his contract, and he’s not interested in negotiating a long-term contract with OKC. This obviously puts general manager Sam Presti in a tough spot. Should he explore the option of trading Westbrook to get some assets...
Via Yardbarker
July 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Thunder had ‘pretty good indication’ Durant was leaving

Oklahoma City Thunder fans may have been shocked on Monday when Kevin Durant announced he is leaving the team, but general manager Sam Presti saw it coming. Durant personally called Presti minutes before the 27-year-old superstar revealed in a piece for The Players’ Tribune that he is signing with the Golden State Warriors. Presti says he was very prepared for what he was about...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 05, 2016  |  Discuss

The great migration of Kevin Durant

I am born and bred from Oklahoma. I grew up in a town called Lawton, was raised by sweet and protective mother and a supporting cast of family members who always had my best interests at heart. After finishing school, I left Oklahoma for Cincinnati, Ohio. I was out on my own, understanding how to fend for myself, and effectively learning how to be a man. I experienced so much...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
July 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Thunder GM talks about Durant's impending free agency

Kevin Durant has done a fantastic job handling the speculation surrounding his upcoming free agency, at least according to the general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sam Presti effusively praised Durant on Monday for tuning out the speculation and focusing on the team, which he believes made the Thunder’s run to the Western Conference Finals possible. “I also think...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant Rumors: Thunder Will Give Forward Space As NBA Free Agency Nears

Where will Kevin Durant end up this summer? Even his current team doesn’t know. Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti told reporters Monday he will give Durant his space as the former NBA MVP prepares to enter free agency. “We’ll get an answer from him at the appropriate time,” Presti said, via ESPN.com. “I think it really is important for him to take his time...
Via NESN.com
June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Can Sam Presti Salvage the Thunder’s Future?

A difficult week has likely spelled the end of a difficult season for the Oklahoma City Thunder. First came Serge Ibaka’s knee surgery on Tuesday, sidelining the forward for the remainder of the regular season. Friday, we learned Kevin Durant’s rehab was being put on hold indefinitely as his recovery from a Jones fracture in his right foot has not gone as planned. With only 14...
Via Sportsnaut
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder announce Kevin Durant is out indefinitely

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been removed from “basketball activities,” general manager Sam Presti announced Friday. Durant, who has been dealing with a foot injury all season, has not been making the anticipated progress from his latest setback during rehab. Presti said Durant will be reevaluated at a later date.  No timetable for a return has been set. ...
Via Sportsnaut
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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