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SAM PRESTI RUMORS & GOSSIP

Sam Presti: We've Created Organizational Momentum

Sam Presti was asked if the atmosphere surrounding the Oklahoma City Thunder is refreshed with the players healthy and with new additions to the roster and at head coach. “We have an ambition to build a great, enduring organization," said Sam Presti. "And to preserve that ideal and sustain our success, it requires us to continually stimulate progress and evolution without relinquishing...
Via RealGM
October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder GM Sam Presti: Kevin Durant fully cleared for training camp

Oklahoma City Thunder fans — and arguably NBA fans as a whole — have reason to be encouraged about the upcoming season after Sam Presti announced Kevin Durant has been “cleared to participate” fully in training camp. “In terms of limitations, he does not have any,” Presti told the assembled media, via NewsOK.com’s Anthony Slater, who live-tweeted the event via his...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The Offensive Development Of Serge Ibaka

Sam Presti and the SuperSonics organization took a huge gamble when they selected Serge Ibaka with the 24th pick in the 2008 NBA draft. Despite freakish athleticism for a 6’10 power forward, some experts criticized the Congolese big man for his lack of fundamentals. Words like “raw,” “unpolished,” and “unaware” followed Ibaka to draft night. Luckily, Presti and his...
Via The Sports Quotient
September 20, 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 expectations haven't changed

LAS VEGAS -- Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti knows the last two years haven't gone as planned. After reaching the NBA Finals in 2012 and being hailed as a potential dynasty, Thunder seasons have stalled in the Western Conference playoffs. Injuries have played a part in both exits, with Russell Westbrook (2013) and Serge Ibaka (2014) being lost for big chunks of those playoff...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 21, 2014  |  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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