SAM PRESTI NEWS

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 not sweating summer of 2016

LAS VEGAS -- Remember that tweet from Kevin Durant four summers announcing his contract extension with Oklahoma City? How time flies when deals are done. Durant is the top dog on the 2016 wish list when his current contract is set expires. Franchises are already getting their ducks in a row for the chance to bid on the reigning MVP. John Wall is lobbying for KD to consider his hometown...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Thunder GM not sweating summer of 2016

LAS VEGAS -- Remember that tweet from Kevin Durant four summers announcing his contract extension with Oklahoma City? How time flies when deals are done. Durant is the top dog on the 2016 wish list when his current contract is set expires. Franchises are already getting their ducks in a row for the chance to bid on the reigning MVP. John Wall is lobbying for KD to consider his hometown...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Thunder name Darko Rajakovic assistant coach

The Oklahoma City Thunder has named Darko Rajakovic as assistant coach, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Rajakovic has spent the past two seasons as the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s NBA D-League affiliate. “Darko’s diverse basketball background, knowledge of the game and ability to develop players at a high...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: Impact Draft Picks to Consider

With the NBA draft only one day away, the Oklahoma City Thunder are in an enviable position of having two picks in the first round of a loaded draft class. In a class filled with many high ceiling players, general manager Sam Presti is bound to find some value with picks 21 and 29. With a young core and a roster that will return most of last year’s minutes, the Thunder have the...
Via isportsweb.com
June 25, 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 'not considering' using the amnesty on Kendrick Perkins

Another Thunder offseason is cranking up, which means a familiar tune is coming from some of the OKC masses: Amnesty Kendrick Perkins. But before the last season of his contract — the last chance OKC can wipe (but still pay) his $9.1 million salary from the books — Thunder GM Sam Presti told reporters at his exit interview on Thursday that’s it’s not likely to happen. “I...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 08, 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

Sam Presti: Thunder Not Considering Amnestying Kendrick Perkins

  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...
Via BlackSportsOnline
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Thunder GM says coach Scott Brooks is coming back for 2014-15 season

In his first public comments since the conclusion of the Thunder’s season, Sam Presti on Thursday ended all speculation surrounding Scott Brooks. The general manager said the coach is coming back. “Scotty, I think, did an excellent job,” Presti said at his annual season-ending news conference. “I understand we all have a tendency to look at the last game or the last series...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 06, 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

What's next for Thunder after another season without title?

Scott Brooks isn't going anywhere, neither is Reggie Jackson or Kendrick Perkins. But the Thunder's two first-round draft picks might be as are Kevin Durant's minutes. That's according to Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti, who visited with the media Thursday to wrap up the Thunder's season. "Scotty, I think did an excellent job," Presti told The...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Thunder Haven't Considered Using Amnesty Clause On Kendrick Perkins

Sam Presti said the Oklahoma City Thunder have yet to give thought to the possibility of amnestying Kendrick Perkins, who has one season left on his contract. "It's not something that's been considered to this point," Presti said. When asked about Steven Adams' progression late in the season and its impact on Perkins, Presti said the final 10 games should not...
Via RealGM
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Scott Brooks unlikely to be fired by Thunder

There has been some serious questions asked of the future Scott Brooks has in Oklahoma City but all of the doubts about his jobs security seem to be overblown. While the Thudner — the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference — are in a Game 7 situation with the Memphis Grizzlies, Brooks isn’t thought to be as on the bubble as it was being made out as such earlier in the week. ...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Scott Perry, Grant Hill On Pistons' List To Take Over Front Office

The Detroit Pistons have Scott Perry and Grant Hill on their list of potential candidates to take over as president after the resign of Joe Dumars. Hill began his NBA career with the Detroit Pistons and has served as an NBA analyst since retiring from the league last year. Perry is an assistant general manager with the Orlando Magic. He has held positions under Dumars with the...
Via RealGM
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things the Thunder has approaching the trading deadline

Will he, or won't he? That is the question Thunder fans are asking about Sam Presti as the NBA's trading deadline approaches. Will the Thunder general manager swing a trade, or will he stand pat and see an already championship-caliber roster through the finish line? One report over the weekend indicated that Oklahoma City is actively searching for help on the perimeter...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 19, 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.
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 14, 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

Thunder G Westbrook has knee surgery, out until after All-Star break

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and won't return until after the All-Star break. General manager Sam Presti says in a statement Friday that Westbrook has been playing pain free, but ''recently had experienced increased swelling'' in his right knee. Presti says the team consulted with a surgeon in Los Angeles...
Via AP on Fox
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook out up to a month after another knee surgery

Tweet Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook underwent unexpectedly had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday and is expected to be out until after the All-Star break, Thunder executive Sam Presti announced. Here’s is Presti’s statement, per NBA.com: “Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased...
Via Los That Sports Blog
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook Until After All-Star Break With Knee Surgery

Russell Westbrook is out until after the All-Star break after undergoing surgery on his right knee. An MRI on Westbrook has showed an "area of concern that had not previously existed, nor was detectable in the previous procedures," said Sam Presti.
Via RealGM
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Houston, "WE" have a problem

A few years ago, the Thunder were the laughing stock of the league. Though, it did not take long for Sam Presti to build his basketball empire in Oklahoma City, which in five short years has already taken over as the top team in the Western Conference. Thunder fans were excited to get the third pick in the draft a few years back, now they are getting excited over the best record...
Via Thunder The Influence
November 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Westbrook not sure when he'll return for OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY - Wednesday, general manager Sam Presti said he wasn't' sure when Russell Westbrook would be back on the floor for the Thunder. Friday, at the team's media day, and a day before the Thunder begin training camp, Westbrook didn't seem to be in a rush either. The All-Star point guard missed all but the first two of the Thunder's playoff games last...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

When will Westbrook be ready to return for Thunder?

OKLAHOMA CITY Thunder general manager Sam Presti couldn't guarantee guard Russell Westbrook would be ready by the start of the season. Oh, and there's a chance Kevin Durant and the rest of the Thunder players might be wearing jerseys with sleeves this year. Past that, Presti didn't offer many surprises for the Thunder who will hold their annual media Friday and then...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Thunder Possible To Wear Sleeved Jerseys

The Oklahoma City Thunder could wear sleeved jerseys this season, joining a number of teams that will do the same in select games. "There's a chance," Sam Presti said. Presti would not say which game(s) the Thunder would participate by wearing the unique uniforms.
Via RealGM
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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