Sam Presti Rumors
02 Dec 15
So for two days in late April, with Donovan unsure if this were the right fit and Thunder general manager Sam Presti fully prepared to make a bigger-than-basketball pitch, they holed up in a Ritz-Carlton conference room 100 miles from the Florida campus in Gainesville. Amelia Island, where Presti and assistant general manager Troy Weaver interviewed Donovan for 14 hours on the first day and owner Clay Bennett followed with a seal-the-deal session on Day No. 2, was where one of the NBA’s most fascinating franchises faced its fork in the road.
Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti released the following statement regarding the passing of Flip Saunders: “We are deeply saddened to have lost a great member of the basketball community and the NBA today, and more importantly, a tremendous individual. Flip Saunders and his journey through the game at all levels is a great example for all of us. He had an incredible passion and exuberance for the game itself, matched only by his love for the state of Minnesota. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Flip’s family and the entire Timberwolves organization.”
Sam is pretty open about that kind of stuff, right? He just kinda wants to consume all the ideas out there. Maurizio Gherardini: Yeah, I think that’s always been Sam’s strong point. He’s always been ahead of the curve and very creative, very out of the box thinker. That’s the direction we were working. Sam is always looking at ways to enhance the brand, enhance the connections worldwide. From an international perspective, how is the Thunder viewed? I think, in general, the perception of the Thunder is of a very high quality. The stars help. Sam Presti is perceived as one of the top minds in the business. It’s a rising organization. The only negative is that it’s such a young organization. Everything else is positive. That’s not just because I know Sam. It’s because I was here for a year. I know how things are done in the NBA and I know how things are perceived internationally.
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guards Julyan Stone and Dez Wells along with forward Talib Zanna, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The Thunder have matched the Portland Trail Blazers ‘ offer sheet for Enes Kanter. Kanter signed a maximum-level four-year deal with a player option on the fourth year with the Blazers on Thursday worth $70 million. With Kanter being a restricted free agent, the Thunder had three days to match the offer. They took all three. “We traded for Enes last season with the intention of keeping him as a member of the Thunder for several years to come, and we are excited that he will continue with us,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. “He adds valuable depth to our roster, diversity to our frontcourt and the dimension that he brings offensively will positively impact our team.”