Sam Presti Rumors
Kevin Pritchard on the Paul George trade: (Oklahoma GM) Sam Presti is a really good friend of mine. We’ve worked together. Where I got the most heat and truth was I played a couple of years of high school basketball in Oklahoma and my ex-teammates were sending me OKC police tweets and all of that kind of stuff, I favorited the tweet about a couple of weeks ago. It was a little wink back to my buddies, it wasn’t a wink back to Oklahoma City, it was to my buddies. It was funny. I called Sam after that and said, ‘That was to my buddies, that wasn’t to you guys.’ He laughed about it. I think it was a win-win in terms of the trade. Paul is at a place where he has a chance to compete at the highest level against some of the best teams and for us we hit a little bit of the reset button, but Victor (Oladipo) has been at the very least super special for us and somebody we can really build around. Domas is like Hoosier basketball. He’s a lunch pale, hard hat kind of guy. We love that. That’s exactly what we want. What we forget about Domas is that he’s 21 years old. Him and Myles are the same age. As they grow together…”
Thunder general manager Sam Presti is almost always a major player at the trade deadline, and he has indeed been active in looking for a fix ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET buzzer, according to multiple league sources. As one executive put it: Presti knows that he needs to maximize his core of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony. Both George and Anthony can be free agents this summer. George will almost certainly opt out of the final year of his contract, and the anxiety surrounding the idea that he will go home to Los Angeles will begin to set in.
The growing expectation is the Thunder make a move by Thursday’s deadline, because there’s just too much riding on this season to not. The chain reaction of Roberson’s injury could have a lasting effect on the Thunder if their season goes bust just when it seemed on the verge of finally booming. The uncertainty around the roster is well-documented, but nothing recruits better than success. Roberson wasn’t the key to that by any stretch, but he was unquestionably a part of it.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti is continuing his commitment to the Oklahoma City community with a record-setting donation and new initiative. On Monday, the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League and PeacePlayers International announced that Presti and his wife, Shannon, provided $140,000 – the largest donation in OKC PAL history – to launch an initiative “fostering positive relations with youth and law enforcement.”
Royce Young: Sam Presti and his wife Shannon donated $140,000 to the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League and PeacePlayers International to launch an initiative fostering positive relations with youth and law enforcement.
The Thunder’s front office put a plan in place in July 2016 to answer one simple question: How do they go from the middle back to the upper tier again, without bottoming out? They identified stars to pair with Westbrook, the more available the better, and George was as the top of the list. “He’s done an amazing job. He’s done a great job ever since I’ve been here,” Westbrook said of Presti. “He’s finding ways to constantly keep making us a better team. … You definitely are very, very thankful to have somebody like that in charge of making those decisions.”
Whether this trio works out, the Thunder’s front office put a plan in place in July 2016 to answer one simple question: How do they go from the middle back to the upper tier again, without bottoming out? They identified stars to pair with Westbrook, the more available the better, and George was as the top of the list. “He’s done an amazing job. He’s done a great job ever since I’ve been here,” Russell Westbrook said of Thunder GM Sam Presti. “He’s finding ways to constantly keep making us a better team. You know … you definitely are very, very thankful to have somebody like that in charge of making those decisions.”