HoopsHype Sam Presti rumors

July 18, 2013 Updates
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Recently, on his blog, the German center announced his intention to return to the Euroleague to play out the second season of his four-year contract with Caja Laboral. “I am in contact with Thunder GM Sam Presti and I often speak on phone with Jonny Rogers, who lives in Barcelona and he is a scout for the Thunder in Europe,” Pleiss wrote in the post. “They look at me each game and they are very satisfied for my performances. But I don't want to be misunderstood: I think to the NBA in the medium term and I don't want to talk too much about it. After this season I have three more years on my contract with Baskonia and I will stay at least next season. I feel the confidence of coach Zan Tabak. I know I can become a better player in Vitoria, which is crucial for me.” Oklahoman

June 17, 2013 Updates

Examples abound in team front offices, too. Sam Presti (Oklahoma City Thunder), Dell Demps (New Orleans) and Kevin Pritchard (Indiana Pacers) are general managers who, like Ferry, once worked under Buford. “The success we’ve had on the court in the playoffs is great,” Budenholzer said, “but where Pop and I, and all of us, get just as big of a kick is watching people go out and be successful. We love it.” When it comes to launching careers, the Spurs have had more success than other recent champions, like the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, the Mavericks and the Miami Heat. New York Times

June 11, 2013 Updates

Steven Adams planned to share a video of the Thunder’s world-class facility and any OKC players he might come across. However, All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook advised Adams not to do so. Adams complied, getting his first dose of the tight-lipped, closed-door, ultra-private, paranoid approach of the Thunder. While many organizations are more than happy to share workout information, no such luck with the Thunder, which will always be clandestine in its approach under general manager Sam Presti. Oklahoman

May 22, 2013 Updates

Pick acquired from Raptors: There is increasing chatter among NBA executives that the Thunder -- with two first- round picks and young talent in Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones on the roster -- will look to make a major move on draft night. If they keep this pick, Saric, a smooth, mobile big man one executive describes as "the best passing big in the draft" is a nice find. Saric isn't the bruising back-to-the-basket scorer that Oklahoma City craves, but he is exactly the kind of high potential talent GM Sam Presti loves to develop. SI.com

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Q: When you plan toward the Thunder’s future, how far ahead do you look? Five years? 10? 20? Sam Presti: It is impossible to put a specific number on years out that we look and plan, but part of our job is to always to look for ways to maximize the present while also staying vigilant and aware of what will ultimately allow the Thunder to endure and thrive in the future. There are so many variables that come into play in professional sports, and many of them are out of your control at the end of the day. However, as an organization we put a strong premium on sustainability within our market and, therefore, the future is a daily part of our process. Oklahoman

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The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned forward Perry Jones and guards Jeremy Lamb and DeAndre Liggins to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Jones has appeared in 36 games this season with the Thunder while recording averages of 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game. NBA.com

April 7, 2013 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder has recalled guards Jeremy Lamb and DeAndre Liggins from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Lamb has appeared in 21 games (all starts) this season with Tulsa while recording averages of 21.0 points 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 blocks in 32.8 minutes per game. NBA.com

March 27, 2013 Updates

Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti and Houston’s Daryl Morey, among others, also have been to Athens to scout Antetokoumpo, whose contract with Zaragoza is said to contain an affordable buyout clause. Oh, and he has a 7-foot-3 wingspan. The Greek and Nigerian basketball federations are both trying to register Antetokoumpo to play for their respective national teams, and Antetokoumpo is expected to participate at the NBA pre-draft Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy. SheridanHoops

March 26, 2013 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned guard DeAndre Liggins and center Daniel Orton to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Liggins has appeared in 37 games (one start) this season with the Thunder while recording averages of 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.3 minutes per game. NBA.com

March 19, 2013 Updates

The Thunder has hired Jason Ranne, a Tulsa native who starred at Bishop Kelley High School before going on to play at Arizona, as its director of strategic planning. Ranne will work with basketball operations on initiatives that include team payroll, player acquisitions and long-term operational planning. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to add Jason to our front office staff,” said Thunder GM Sam Presti. “He adds a diverse skill-set as well as many years of experiences within the industry of sport. We are confident that he will make a positive contribution to our operations as we continue to build and grow as an organization.” Oklahoman

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