Awards Rumors

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The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice will honor Thunder vice president/general manager Sam Presti at its 2016 Humanitarian Awards Dinner on Sept. 6 at the Skirvin Hilton in downtown Oklahoma City. During Presti’s tenure as Thunder GM, players have made more than 1,600 community appearances in Oklahoma. Presti, 39, has also contributed to state-wide programs and served on the board of numerous community organizations.
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But the odds of James reaching that number aren’t as high as they could be, at least according to online sportsbook Bovada. In the odds released Monday, a little more than one month before Cleveland’s first practice, James is listed as third most likely to take home the prestigious award, at 5/1. The reigning NBA Finals MVP trails Oklahoma City point guard — and favorite — Russell Westbrook (2/1) as well as Golden State’s back-to-back recipient Stephen Curry, who is listed at 4/1 despite the arrival of free agent Kevin Durant this off-season, which will likely lead to a decrease in production.