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SAM PRESTI RUMORS & GOSSIP

Thunder Join 76ers In Opposing Lottery Reform

The Oklahoma City Thunder have joined the Philadelphia 76ers in opposing the NBA's proposed changes to the draft lottery system. Sam Presti has attempted to warn other small-market executives that changing the system is a risky proposition for their franchises. Uner the proposed new system, the worst four teams have a 12 percent chance at the first pick, No. 5 has an 11.5 percent...
Via RealGM
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Presti hopes continuity pushes Thunder to the top

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder general manager Sam Presti is banking on something rare to keep his team among the NBA's elite. Oklahoma City boasts a core of stars - reigning MVP Kevin Durant, electric point guard Russell Westbrook and defensive dynamo Serge Ibaka - that has played together for the past five years. The trio has reached the Western Conference Finals three times and...
Via AP on Fox
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

What we learned from Thunder GM heading into season

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Training camp opens Tuesday for the Thunder. Thursday, general manager Sam Presti met with the media. Here are a few things we learned from Presti about the Thunder heading into the season: 1. Sam Presti has real feelings  While there wasn't a lot of newsworthy information given by Presti in his 30 or so minutes Thursday afternoon, but he did announce former...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
September 25, 2014  |  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...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 21, 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

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...
Via RealGM
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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