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Why the NBA's draft lottery reform is a slippery slope

Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1 overall pick, only perfected the pursuit. The strategy of Philadelphia general manager...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Durant To Be Re-evaluated In 6 Weeks

Kevin Durant underwent successful surgery to fix the jones fracture in his foot Thursday. General manager Sam Presti said the procedure was performed at a clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina. Durant and his representatives ”jointly decided” surgery was needed. Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks. The Thunder open the season Oct. 29 at Portland. A six-week absence could have...
Via BlackSportsOnline
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant out with Broken Foot

The good news Kevin Durant will get his broken foot taken care of before the season starts, the bad news is it is still a broken foot and who know how he will recover. Here is what GM Sam Presti had to say about the news. “From what I’ve been told, a Jones fracture is the most common surgical procedure performed on NBA players as of late,” Presti said. “It...
Via roundballchat.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant Out 6-Weeks With Foot Injury

Kevin Durant is expected to be out 6 to 8 weeks after a foot injury suffered in practice. Lil B curse strikes again apparently. Here’s the Thunder’s statement: “After practice yesterday, Kevin made us aware of discomfort in his right foot,” GM Sam Presti said in a statement released to media. “We proceeded to perform the necessary imagining studies to determine the cause...
Via Geeks and Cleats
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant out six to eight weeks with foot injury

Kevin Durant’s 2014-15 season is already off to a rough start. The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Sunday morning that the reigning MVP will miss 6 to 8 weeks after he was diagnosed with a Jones fracture in his right foot that will require surgery. According to the statement released by general manager Sam Presti, Durant complained of pain his foot after practice Saturday. Presti...
Via NESN.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Thuner Injury Update: Perry Jones and Nick Collison ready for training camp

The Oklahoma City Thunder approach training camp coming off a season in which they fell just two games short of the NBA Finals. With 11 players on the roster under 25 years of age, the Thunder are a young, upcoming team that should only continue to improve. One player that improved from his rookie season to his second season was small forward Perry Jones. He went arthroscopic...
Via Sports Injury Alert
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder Injury Update: Kendrick Perkins strains quad, to be reevaluated in two weeks

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be without starting center Kendrick Perkins. Due to a strained quad, Perkins will miss the beginning of training camp general manger Sam Presti told reporters on Thursday. He will be reevaluated in two weeks.Keith Allison via Wikimedia CommonsSam Presti said Kendrick Perkins recently strained a quad. Will be reevaluated in two weeks. Out to start...
Via Sports Injury Alert
28 days ago  |  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
29 days ago  |  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
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Sam Presti: Reggie Jackson won't be traded before season; Perkins out 2 weeks to start camp

Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti opened his press conference on Thursday with injury reports headed into preseason camp, as well as an update on the status of contract negotiations with Reggie Jackson. Presti said that trading Jackson before the season is not something he's even considering. The Thunder has until Oct. 31 to agree to an extension with Jackson...
Via Pro Sports Daily
29 days ago  |  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

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
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