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SAM PRESTI RUMORS & GOSSIP

Donovan adds unique perspective to Thunder draft prep

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have an additional weapon heading into Thursday's draft - new coach Billy Donovan's extensive knowledge of college players. General manager Sam Presti said Donovan will offer unique insight because of his 19 years as Florida's head coach. The franchise has done well with first-round draft picks over the years. Presti chose Kevin Durant No. 2 in 2007...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Don't rule out the Thunder trading the 14th pick on draft night

The Oklahoma City Thunder have a history of making unexpected moves on draft night, from taking an unexpected player to suddenly moving up in the draft order. This year, the Thunder have the 14th pick in the draft, and while they should be able to get an impact player, the possibility exists that they could move up in the draft if they find a willing partner. Doing so, however, is...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Kevin Durant pick the Thunder's next coach?

Sam Presti said that he didn't consult his players when he fired Scott Brooks. Now that he's looking for a new coach, will he consult his players on who to hire? It's an important decision, one that could have huge ramifications, especially as Durant's free agency inches closer and closer. (h/t Sports Illustrated)
Via Fox Sports
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Does Sam Presti know what he's doing?

The Thunder's mantra, at least from a front office standpoint, has always been "Trust the process." That's easy to say when the process is going well, but once it hits a derailment – say, firing the head coach – it becomes less easy to have faith.Sam Presti, the progenitor of this process, has, for the most part, nailed every move he's made. But with a move as monumental as this...
Via Fox Sports
April 23, 2015  |  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

Sam Presti blasts rumor that Thunder would trade Durant

Sam Presti heard the rumor that he would consider trading franchise icon Kevin Durant and shot it down forcefully. The rumor started when former Portland exec Tom Penn told Colin Cowherd that he would expect Presti to trade Durant if the 2014 league MVP does not commit to re-signing with the Thunder long term. Presti...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder GM: Scott Brooks will return

Sam Presti has made it clear that he believes in Coach Brooks, who won 59 games with the Thunder during the 2013-’14 season. “Scotty, I think, did an excellent job,” Presti said Thursday. “Scott will come back a little bit better.” Brooks and the Thunder once again fell short in the playoffs, losing 4-2... The post Thunder GM Sam Presti Says Scott Brooks Will Return...
Via Hoops-Nation
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Thunder Confident In Current Team, Will Do 'Due Diligence' On Trade Market

The Oklahoma City Thunder will do their due diligence on the trade market, but Sam Presti is adamant that the organization is confident about the current makeup of the roster. "We're going to do our due diligence, but we feel good about where we are," Presti said. The Thunder have been without Russell Westbrook for extended parts of the season. The Thunder are 28-9 this season, good...
Via RealGM
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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