PJ Carlesimo Rumors

The Sonics landed the fourth pick and planned to bring in about 20 players for workouts. They had Stanford center Brook Lopez at No. 4 on their draft board. General manager Sam Presti loved Westbrook’s athleticism, but he wasn’t sold on playing him alongside Durant. Plus, the team desperately needed a big to anchor its defense. In the run-up to the draft, Carlesimo cast his vote: Lopez. “There just aren’t that many 10-year bigs that come along,” says Carlesimo.