Troy Weaver Rumors
Erik Horne: Kendrick Perkins on @TheVertical on his time in Oklahoma City and his trade: “When’ started playing, my first game was in Washington whenl played for OKC. I remember! came out and it was like ‘boom.’ We just took off from there. The guys, from Russ, to Kevin, to everybody just fell under my wing. I had a two-bedroom townhouse and they was there every night. Every night we was home, they was there. Every time we went on the road, we were in there watching games together. It was instant. I instantly forgot about Boston — the four years, $36 million dollars helped a little bit, too. I didn’t forget about Boston, but I’ma tell how much the organization meant to me in Oklahoma City: When I got traded from there like two years ago, do you know after I got traded, me and Sam (Presti) talked, and (assistantgeneral manager) Troy Weaver and they actually told me to come by the practice facility. And you know we sat in the office and hugged and cried for about 35-40 minutes, all three of us.”
Erik Horne: Kendrick Perkins on @TheVertical on his time in Oklahoma City and his trade: “They crying, I’m crying, because they didn’t want to part. And they said ‘we’ll cross paths.’ The crazy thing about it is even Mr. (Clay) Bennett sent me a long paragraph, which is rare from an owner, sent me a long paragraph thanking me for what I’d done for the organization, and that we will cross paths again, that I’ve been a blessing, that he hates to lose me, that he didn’t want to do it and stuff like that. But I know the business part of it. Sometimes it happens. I got a $9 million dollar contract. ReggieJackson ain’t take the extension, he didn’t wantto be there, so yeah I get thrown in, I know the business. But you never know what opportunity might come up. I didn’t burn no bridges. Everything still was great overthere in Oklahoma City when I left. You always leave those doors open, because you never know.”
The Thunder has sunk deep roots in a short period of time, and those who see behind the curtain regularly say Sam Presti is the reason. It’s because he’s not only a technician but also an artist. “He’s been phenomenal at putting the puzzle together for the Thunder organization, making the right pieces fit and doing it with so much diversity,” assistant general manager Troy Weaver said. “He’s been able to bring us all together and chart this course for the Thunder. He’s been nothing short of exceptional at doing that.
What about the emerging candidates? It’s been established that there’s no paucity of blacks capable of managing organizations. Who are they? Numerous NBA executives say that the two most highly regarded black candidates are Oklahoma City Thunder vice president and assistant GM Troy Weaver and Orlando Magic vice president and assistant GM Scott Perry. Knicks director of player personnel Mark Hughes and Utah Jazz vice-president of basketball operations Walt Perrin are also highly regarded. Sixers vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley, an African-Canadian who is expected to become a U.S. citizen soon, is also well-regarded candidate.
And there’s Troy Weaver, the Thunder’s assistant GM since the team moved to Oklahoma City. Weaver has been interviewed for more than a few jobs, and he had a very good opportunity to get at least one vacant GM job in the last couple of years, according to sources. But it didn’t work out at the time. But given Weaver’s resume, he shouldn’t have to jump at the first opportunity that rolls along. Oklahoma City has built a pretty strong organization to be respected, too.