Troy Weaver Rumors
“He just needed a little time to think because his free agency was pretty much sped up,” Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver said. “It was, ‘Well, now I’ve got to think about this. This wasn’t something I was planning on thinking about because I didn’t think this was gonna happen.’ We just gave him a little time to reflect, and even with it being a short window, he felt comfortable where he was in his career and his life, and he was, ‘OK, let’s tackle these years and move forward.'”
Respected as one of the top personnel guys in basketball, Troy Weaver not only has a discerning eye for raw basketball talent, but a feel for whether a player’s emotional makeup conforms to the team culture the Thunder hold as sacrosanct. He’s an obsessive student of the NBA history, with an understanding and love of the game. This database allows him to consider every decision in a smart context.
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.