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SAM PRESTI RUMORS & GOSSIP

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...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Thunder GM Sam Presti admits ‘good fortune’ was key to OKC’s rebuilding success

The Thunder have emerged as a perennial contender in the Western Conference, thanks in large part to the job that the team’s general manager, Sam Presti, has done in rebuilding the franchise. But even he himself will tell you that luck played an important part in that success. Many have touted the OKC model as the proper way build a team when you’re essentially starting from...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Sam Presti: Thunder not considering amnestying Perk

The Oklahoma City Thunder have a decision to make with Kendrick Perkins in regards to the final year of his contract. Perkins is due $9,404,342 next season and many NBA insiders feel the Thunder would be better served amnestying Perkins, and saving that money.  Perkins has become quite the leader and mentor in the Thunder locker room and despite having the lowest numbers of his...
Via Thacover2
June 07, 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
STICKING AROUND

Presti: Thunder not amnestying Perk

Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti says the team is not planning to amnesty center Kendrick Perkins despite his big salary.

Via Next Impulse Sports
May 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Thunder continue to find ways to improve

Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti has never been about the quick fix. Yes, the Thunder's journey from the lottery to title contender is years in the making, but the work is hardly done. Nothing is assumed in OKC. There is no sense of entitlement for the defending Western Conference champions. They just don't expect to be back in The Finals next June. That's just...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Presti Dismisses Phil Jackson Rumors As 'Rubbish'

Sam Presti expressed his desire to bring back Scott Brooks.
Via RealGM
June 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Presti, Weaver At NBA Pre-Draft Camp Hours After Clinching Finals Berth

One day after winning the Western Conference Finals, Sam Presti and Troy Weaver of the Thunder front office caught an early flight to Chicago to attend a 9 AM workout session at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp.
Via RealGM
June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Thunder: Sam Presti begins talks with Russell Westbrook's agent

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.comThe OKC guard is eligible to receive an extension to his rookie scale contract.Read more on NewsOK.com
Via NewsOK.com - OKC Thunder
November 30, 2011  |  Discuss

Thunder will report to new practice facility

When the Oklahoma City Thunder return from the NBA lockout, they'll be coming back to a brand new home. The Thunder's new practice facility will be open to players Thursday, although general manager Sam Presti said Wednesday that it's unclear how many players will report for the first day. Presti says he expects to ''probably see a steady stream of guys over...
Via AP on Fox
November 30, 2011  |  Discuss
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