HoopsHype Sam Presti rumors

October 23, 2014 Updates

Jackson, a lightning-quick backup point guard, stepped up last season while Westbrook was recovering from knee surgery and eventually moved into the starting lineup during the Western Conference Finals. He is a restricted free agent next year. The last time the Thunder had such a talented perimeter player along with Durant and Westbrook, they eventually traded James Harden to Houston. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said he wants Jackson to remain a piece of the puzzle. "I think we've been really clear about his importance to the team, that we see him as a core member of the team, as a core member of the organization," Presti said. "We're going to put our best put forward, and I believe he will as well. We'll see if we can figure something out." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

September 29, 2014 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder has made multiple promotions and additions to its Basketball Operations and Blue staffs, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. The Thunder has promoted Jesse Gould to director of basketball research and analysis and Ryan Lambert to college scout. In addition, the club has added Adam Harrington as shooting coach, David Howarth as athletic performance coordinator, Steve Scalzi as video analyst, and Oliver Winterbone as basketball information analyst. The Blue has hired Phil Beckner, Royal Ivey, and Drew Jones as assistant coaches. NBA.com

September 25, 2014 Updates

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Thursday he hasn't considered trading guard Reggie Jackson if no contract extension is reached before the Oct. 31 deadline. "We don't look at [Jackson] as anything other than a core member," Presti said. "We want to invest in Reggie. There's not a lack of clarity in that regard. Figuring out how best we do that is my job. And I'm going to do everything I can because I believe that he's a great example of a lot of things that we try to do here. He was drafted, he's been developed by our coaches and our support staff and the next step is to keep him with us for a long time." ESPN.com

"That's just not something we've considered," Presti said about the possibility of repeating a trade with Jackson. "I think with him in particular he's a guy we see being here for a long time. It may not be something we get solved in October, but the system is set up to try and give you an early opportunity to do that and we'll try to take advantage of that. We want to get things done in advance if possible, but if not, we'll pick it up next season and do it in earnest again." ESPN.com

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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 level were clearly apparent during his time in Tulsa, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to add him to our staff,” said Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks. “His understanding of the core tenants of what we do, thanks to his time in Tulsa, will maintain a level of consistency that we value and his various head coaching experiences internationally will provide another layer to our coaches.” NBA.com

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All three of those picks worked better than expected. Durant and Westbrook are perennial All-Stars, and Ibaka is one of the best defenders in the NBA. Presti was astute, but he admits luck played its part. “We’ll be the first to say that we’ve had a tremendous amount of good fortune. Nobody in our organization is taking credit for the development of Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook,” said Presti, a Concord native and former Emerson College player. “Our focus was on building a team that was capable of sustainable competitive success. We felt like building through the draft and building an identity for a team over a period of years was the best approach for us. It’s really so much about the individual team and organization and how they see their envisioned future.” Boston Globe

June 16, 2014 Updates
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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. I respect that. That’s part of sports. I can’t do that. I’m looking at a body of work. I’m looking at an understanding of what drives our success and the way in which we’ve gotten to this point.” Oklahoman

The Thunder journeyed to the Western Conference Finals this year for the third time in four seasons and came two wins shy of reaching the NBA Finals. In the process, OKC won 59 games and captured its fourth straight Northwest Division championship. “We’ll never take for granted, in Oklahoma City, the opportunity to raise a banner in Chesapeake Arena, as we did with our fourth division title,” Presti said. “We won’t take for granted 59 wins. Those are things that we respect, we cherish and most importantly we understand will be hard to replicate.” Oklahoman

June 5, 2014 Updates

A few weeks ago it seemed unlikely that Porzingis would keep his name in the draft. The 18-year-old Latvian was projected as a potential top-10 pick next year. But sources now say Porzingis has received a promise from the Thunder to draft him in the first round. There's no way he'll be around at 29, so the Thunder's pick at No. 21 is the target. The question is whether that will be high enough to get him. Porzingis going in the late lottery to mid-first round is no longer a pipe dream for this skilled 7-footer with tremendous upside. ESPN.com

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The Oklahoma City Thunder waived center Daniel Orton, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Orton appeared in 13 games with the Thunder during the 2012-13 season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.0 minutes per contest. NBA.com

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