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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
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Study Finds Isiah Thomas As Best Drafting GM Since 1989

Isiah Thomas is the best drafting general manager in the NBA, according to an empirical study conducted by ESPN. While with the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks, Thomas had a Net Expected Wins Average of +1.7 per pick. Thomas drafted Damon Stoudamire seventh overall in 1995 and Tracy McGrady at ninth during his tenure with the Raptors. David Lee, Trevor Ariza, Wilson Chandler...
Via RealGM
12 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Update: Oklahoma City Thunder Signs Reggie Williams to 10-Day Contract

The Oklahoma City Thunder did not sign Reggie Williams to a second 10-day contract not so long ago.Image: Keith Allison via Wikimedia CommonsThe Thunder's roster now stands at 15 again. It is unclear why Sam Presti decided to change his mind but Williams gets the call up as he was playing for their D-League affiliate team the Tulsa 66ers where he continued to put up big numbers...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
17 days ago  |  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

Westbrook's return still in the air

The timetable for All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook's return from a knee injury remains uncertain as Oklahoma City opens training camp. General manager Sam Presti said Wednesday during his annual ''state of the franchise'' news conference that it would be ''irresponsible'' of him to say when Westbrook would be fully cleared medically, but...
Via AP on Fox
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Westbrook's status in return uncertain

The timetable for All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook's return from a knee injury remains uncertain as Oklahoma City opens training camp. General manager Sam Presti said Wednesday during his annual ''state of the franchise'' news conference that it would be ''irresponsible'' of him to say when Westbrook would be fully cleared medically, but...
Via AP on Fox
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Spurs pluck Telep as scouting coordinator

The San Antonio Spurs have hired ESPN's David Telep as scouting coordinator for San Antonio’s draft prep according to Yahoo! Sports. San Antonio's finalizing deal with well-respected recruiting analyst Dave Telep to join Spurs' front office, league sources tell Y! Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 1, 2013 Telelp was ESPN’s Senior...
Via Project Spurs
September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

The Non-Player NBA Power Rankings, Part 2

On Tuesday we counted down the top coaches, GMs, and owners from Nos. 12-7. Here’s Part 2: 6. Sam Presti Like Doc Rivers, I’m firmly of the belief that Presti is overrated. Look at his trading history. It’s horrendous. Presti is an amazing drafter, but surprisingly cold and unemotional when it comes to handling his own players. Just look at the James Harden trade and you’ll...
Via The Sports Post
August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Thunder likes talent, potential of 4 draft picks

Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti had a clear advantage over the other teams in the NBA's draft lottery. Coming off a 60-22 season, albeit one that finished in disappointing fashion in the playoffs, Presti was in search of complementary pieces Thursday night rather than building blocks. Granted, the Thunder's top pick - the 12th - wasn't as high as Presti had...
Via Fox Sports
June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Who will the Thunder take in the draft?

The NBA draft is June 27 and the Thunder have the No. 12 pick. While a lot of folks are suggesting Oklahoma City use the draft to pick up a big man who can score, general manager Sam Presti has been known for a few draft-day surprises, going with guards Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson. Around the web, the thought is about the same. Looking at some of the mock drafts, it appears...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
June 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Thunder Visit Moore, Oklahoma

((HT: Newsok.com)) Simply, it was the Oklahoma City Thunder's turn... Players like Russell Westbrook and Hasheem Thabeet along with GM Sam Presti made their tour of the devastation in Moore. Since they couldn't get into the areas immediately after the tornadoes, they went to cheer up who they could in hospital. FOSG Berry Tramel was around and caught up with Presti...
Via Online Sports Guys
May 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Durant’s Tattoo Needs A Spellcheck

Many props to Deadspin, who unearths some pretty dope/weird stories, but it turns out the great and generous Kevin Durant has a problem. That huge back tattoo he’s been working on for years? Well, it’s got a little typo. Can anyone spot it? Should I wait? Is it creepy to make you play Word Find on some dude’s back? Maybe? Yeah, maybe. OK, it’s “mature,” on the last line...
Via Menudo Bol
May 22, 2013  |  Discuss

A Possible Draft Target: Giannis Antetokunpo

According to Sheridan Hoops, back in April, Danny took a trip to Greece to personally evaluate the 6'10" small forward/point guard Giannis Adetokunbo. But Danny wasn't the only GM traveling to Greece to watch this intriguing prospect, Bryan Colangelo of the Raptors and Masai Ujiri of the Nuggets, Sam Presti of OKC and Daryl Morey of the Rockets, among others, have...
Via Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.
May 21, 2013  |  1 Comment

NBA rumors: Thunder won’t amnesty Kendrick Perkins

Following the Oklahoma City Thunder’s disappointing end to the season, there has been speculation that the team could use its amnesty clause on center Kendrick Perkins. However, general manager Sam Presti told reporters -- including Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahomanm -- that he doesn't plan on using the clause to part ways with the big man.Presti told reporters that the team...
Via NBA Injury News
May 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Thunder GM has no plans to amnesty Perk

Old friend Kendrick Perkins made headlines last week for his underwhelming performance in the playoffs. Perk’s playoff impotence revived speculation that OKC would consider the amnesty provision on their center. Thunder GM Sam Presti says such speculation is inaccurate: “We just haven’t considered using the provision,” Presti said. “I wouldn’t necessarily directly attribute...
Via Red's Army
May 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Thunder GM Sam Presti: We’re Not going to Amnesty Kendrick Perkins

After the disappointing second round exit by the Oklahoma City Thunder, questions about what changes the young team needs to make immediately were brought up by fans and media alike. One of targets of all these questions has been center Kendrick Perkins, who posted the first negative PER in playoff history for somebody playing over 200 minutes. [...]
Via Word On The Game
May 19, 2013  |  Discuss

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