NBA rumors: Can Lakers rebuild with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook? 'Big possibility'

Durant can become a free agent after the 2015-16 season, Westbrook the following season. It seems inevitable that the Los Angeles Lakers go all out trying to get good again fairly soon. Maybe stealing the Oklahoma City Thunder's two perennial All-Stars will be what transforms the Lakers out of their worst era in franchise history. Thinking there...
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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...
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October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Sam Presti Compares Rising Cap To Famous Line From 'Chinatown'

The NBA's new television contract will increase the salary cap by approximately $20 million for the 16-17 season, which will make it more difficult for the Oklahoma City Thunder to retain Kevin Durant. Teams will have additional cap space without the type of sacrifice that was seen leading up to the 2010 free agency. Sam Presti was asked how he feels about the economic shift during...
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October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 1: The Beard

Not every trade has one winner and one loser, but boy oh boy some of them sure do. Throughout the month we’ll count down the ten most one-sided trades of the last ten years. The rankings are totally subjective, but this much is for sure: with each of these deals, one team really screwed themselves over, and one team gave themselves a gigantic vault towards glory. October 27, 2012...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Ibaka's return should boost Thunder defense

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Much of the buzz around the Oklahoma City Thunder has been about Kevin Durant's return. Serge Ibaka's comeback is nearly as important. The three-time member of the All-Defense first team and two-time league blocks leader missed the final month last season while recovering from knee surgery and, without him, Oklahoma City's defense tanked. In 64 games with Ibaka...
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Ibaka's return should boost Thunder defense

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Much of the buzz around the Oklahoma City Thunder has been about Kevin Durant's return. Serge Ibaka's comeback is nearly as important. The three-time member of the All-Defense first team and two-time league blocks leader missed the final month last season while recovering from knee surgery and, without him, Oklahoma City's defense tanked. In 64 games with Ibaka...
Via AP on Fox
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder F Kevin Durant cleared to play after foot injury

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been cleared to play without restriction after recovering from a foot injury. General manager Sam Presti made the announcement on Wednesday. Durant, the league MVP and scoring champion in 2013-14, played just 27 games last season because of a broken bone in his right foot. He had surgery in October and returned to play in December...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder clear Kevin Durant to play after foot injury

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Thunder begin training camp next week and they'll begin camp healthy. At the team's first press conference of the upcoming season, general manager Sam Presti said Kevin Durant is fully cleared and has no restrictions going forward. "In terms of limitations, he does not have any," Presti said in his meeting with the media. Oklahoma City begins training camp on...
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September 23, 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’s Anthony Slater, who live-tweeted the event via his...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant Fully Cleared For Camp, Playing 5-On-5 Already

Kevin Durant has been fully cleared for training camp as he recovers from multiple foot surgeries. Durant is already playing 5-on-5 without restrictions. "He feels great," said Sam Presti. "Looks great. Happy to have him back on the floor." Presti was asked if Durant's minutes may be reduced. "I think that's something that Billy (Donovan) and Kevin and our medical team will work on."
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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...
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September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA’s most unpredictable team

By Asad Chevel. With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka all potentially in the prime of their respective careers, the Oklahoma City Thunder are in the best position they may ever be in as a franchise for the foreseeable future. At the same time, this could be the beginning of a dynasty that will dominate the NBA Finals for years to come. What makes them so unpredictable...
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Missing Rings: The 2011 Oklahoma City Thunder

Background: After reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2010 (lost 4 games to 1 against Dallas) many expected the young and hungry Oklahoma City Thunder to contend for an NBA Championship in 2011. The young and talented nucleus of players that GM Sam Presti had built in the Draft and Head Coach Scott Brooks had built up were ready for a championship. OKC went 47-19 (earned the...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where everything is going according to plan

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. When Ainge finally hit the demolition button on the New Big Three-centric Celtics there was an unspoken agreement between the team and its fans that it was going to take five or six seasons to restore the luster...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder GM Sam Presti says they plan to match any offer that Enes Kanter gets

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is a restricted free agent this summer and starting to garner a lot of interest. On Thursday, the Portland Trailblazers and Kanter agreed on a four-year, $70 million offer sheet to help replace LaMarcus Aldridge who signed with the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder have three days to match Portland’s offer and it sounds like they will. Thunder...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Dakari Johnson was an 'easy' choice for the Thunder

To hear Sam Presti tell it, the Oklahoma City Thunder had the easiest night of anyone. First they got Cameron Payne, whom they had reportedly targeted all along. Then, in the second round, they nabbed Dakari Johnson from the University of Kentucky. While Johnson was mainly a backup in his lone year with the Wildcats, he still has plenty of potential left to realize. And when the...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: Last minute changes before the NBA Draft

Jeremy Lamb has a high possibility of ending up in Charlotte As expected, the Oklahoma City Thunder are keep the fans anxious about the NBA Draft tonight. Not only have they not come clear about who they want to pick, but also are keeping private what they are doing with the 14th pick overall. However, it has been reported that General Manager Sam Presti has put three players on...
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
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June 24, 2015  |  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...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant is not at a 'weight-bearing stage' in his recovery

The Oklahoma City Thunder, and the entire NBA for that matter, are anxiously awaiting Kevin Durant's return to the court. They'll have to wait a while longer, as Durant is still slowly traveling on the road to recovery, according to Sam Presti via the Oklahoman."'We’re not at a weight-bearing stage, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction and excited about him being...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Durant Recovering Well, Not Yet At Weight-Bearing Stage

Kevin Durant continues his recovery from his latest foot surgery. “Doing well," said Sam Presti. "Progressing. There’s certain benchmarks within the season and offseason. We’re not at a weight-bearing stage, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction and excited about him being back on the floor toward the end of the summer.” Durant hopes to be back on the court by August 1st.
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Did Sam Presti consult Kevin Durant before hiring Billy Donovan?

Last week, in what was one of the quickest coaching hires in recent memory, the Oklahoma City Thunder named Billy Donovan their new head coach. There have been conflicting reports about the hiring process, specifically about whether general manager Sam Presti consulted his two stars, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, during the search. In an interview with the Oklahoman's Darnell...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan signing five-year deal to become Thunder coach

Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsBilly Donovan has agreed to a five-year deal to become head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Donovan has led the University of Florida for the past 19 years, winning two national titles and appearing in four Final Fours. He will replace Scott Brooks, who was fired as coach of the Thunder after seven seasons...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan, Thunder begin working on framework of deal

It looks like the Oklahoma City Thunder have zeroed in on Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan and the two sides have already begun working on the framework for a deal, according to Yahoo Sports. From the report: Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti and Donovan met on Tuesday in Gainesville, Fla., and conversations – including contract talks – are continuing on Wednesday...
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April 29, 2015  |  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)
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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