Thunder not planning to trade Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Thunder not planning to trade Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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Thunder not planning to trade Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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The Shai Gilgeous-Alexander trade speculation has been running rampant since nearly the day he landed in Oklahoma City, irresponsibility so. Those trade talks only grew after the Utah Jazz shipped off Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gilgeous-Alexander became the new prized target of struggling large market teams who need a spark. Sam Presti was asked about the attention this topic has gotten across social media, and his answer should assure some OKC Thunder fans, “the only reason we are talking about it is because another player on another team got traded and the aggregation machine needs more content.”
Source: Rylan Stiles @ Thunderous Intentions

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Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Sam Presti discussed the trade speculation on social media about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander very well today. It is time we believe the people involved rather than “sources”
thunderousintentions.com/2022/09/22/sha…5:41 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Sam Presti addressed Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s injury today during his preseason media availability.
thunderousintentions.com/2022/09/22/sam…4:51 PM
Jeff Stotts @InStreetClothes
In the 6 seasons before COVID, the Thunder averaged 87 games lost to injury or illness, including seasons in which they lost a total of 23, 35, & 63 games. The team will enter the 2022-23 season slated to loss 82 games from Chet Holmgren & uncertainty around SGA’s availability. – 2:28 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Sam Presti: “We love Shai. He’s going to be such a good player. He’s got so much room to improve. And he’s already really good.”
Here’s Presti’s full answer on SGA’s name being brought up in trade speculation: pic.twitter.com/CxRMigmmWK2:20 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Sam Presti said last year people were wondering if Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was really hurt, now they’re wondering if he is injury prone “we can’t win” Said his ankle sprain in Boston was “wicked bad, I had a really good view of that, I had to turn away” – 1:07 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Sam Presti said Lu Dort is doing contact drills. He had shoulder surgery which ended his season last year. “There is nothing I’m aware of that will limit our guys besides Shai and Chet.” – 12:40 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Sam Presti thinks SGA is rumored to be next star to get dealt because Donovan Mitchell has been.
“The only reason we’re talking about it is because another player on another team got traded. The machine — the aggregation machine — is empty now. So we need a little more content.” pic.twitter.com/nFrsLcEuJm12:29 PM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Sam just called SGA and Dort “The Molson Twins” and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this before now – 12:22 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Sam Presti on SGA trade speculation, mentions Shai and Dort: “We love Shai. You can’t get long term results with short term people. Neither of them are short term people. And that’s why we’ve made long term commitments to them.” – 12:22 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Sam Presti: “We love Shai. He’s gonna be such a good player.” – 12:20 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Sam Presti on SGA trade hypotheticals: “The only reason we talk about it is because another player from another team got traded.”
Mentions how aggregation is part of the business – 12:20 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Sam Presti on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander trade speculation “The only reason we are talking about it is because another player on another team got traded and the aggregation machine needs more content.” – 12:19 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Thunder GM Sam Presti doesn’t know if Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be ready for the start of the 2022-23 season.
“I don’t know the answer to that… We’d love for him to be ready but we can’t make predictions like that because nature is uncooperative.” – 12:12 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Presti says SGA got the injury working out in the gym. He finished the workout but felt it the next morning.
“I don’t think it’s a massive deal. It’s a set back. I’d rather it happen now than the middle of the year. It’s unfortunate but he’ll be fine.” – 12:11 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Sam Presti on SGA’s injury: “I’d rather it happen now than in the middle of the year.” – 12:10 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Sam Presti said all of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s injuries are “unrelated.” Said Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lost his footing in a workout, finished his workout, and the next morning woke up really stiff. – 12:10 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Sam Presti said SGA sprained his MCL during a workout and didn’t feel any stiffness until the following morning – 12:10 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Sam Presti is not concerned on SGA’s long-term durability: “All these injuries seem unrelated so no.” – 12:09 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Sam Presti on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander injury “the injury just happened. Everybody’s body is different…we have to see what happens in two weeks. We’d love for him to be ready [opening night]” – 12:09 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Sam Presti on if SGA will be ready for the start of the season: “I don’t have the answer to that. Because the injury just happened.”
Presti then mentioned how SGA’s MCL is way more athletic than @Joe Mussatto’s MCL. – 12:09 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Sam Presti said he doesn’t know if SGA will be ready to play at the start of the season – 12:08 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Sam Presti says that with this particular Thunder team, there is a high level of commitment and loyalty.
He mentions how SGA, Lu Dort, Mike Muscala and Kenrich Williams have committed long term in OKC. – 12:07 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Sam Presti: “Shai has made a long term commitment here.” – 12:04 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Sam Presti “Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander] has made a long term commitment here. Lu [Dort] has made a long term commitment here.” – 12:04 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Sam Presti mentions SGA, Lu Dort, Kenrich Williams and Mike Muscala as players with loyalty characteristics – 12:03 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Sam Presti: “Shai is just entering his pre-prime years. Josh, Chet are still a few years from getting to that point.
But pretty soon here, those tenures are going to overlap. And that’s really exciting…
We can have a lot of fun with that.” – 11:50 AM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Sam Presti: “Shai is just entering his pre-prime years. Josh, Chet and some of the other guys we have are still a few years away from getting to that point… At some point in the near future, you’ll have some of those tenures overlap and that’s exciting.” – 11:49 AM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Sam Presti “we have a pretty long run way with this team, Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander] is just entering his pre-prime years.” Mentioned Giddey, Holmgren as well. – 11:49 AM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Sam Presti said they’re early in their second climb up the mountain but mentioned how two years ago Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort, and Darius Bazley were playing meaningful playoff minutes. – 11:39 AM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is going to miss the start of #Thunder training camp, and be re-evaluated in two weeks.
thunderousintentions.com/2022/09/22/sha…5:50 AM

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