Clay Bennett Rumors
As previously reported, Bulls president and chief operating officer Michael Reinsdorf is doing due diligence on multiple candidates and multiple options. He’s seeking feedback from a wide variety of sources on a wide variety of candidates. Surely, the Bulls are performing due diligence on big names like Presti and Raptors president Masai Ujiri. Talk around the league is that the Raptors wouldn’t let Ujiri go but that Presti is so close with Thunder owner Clay Bennett that Bennett would let his friend pursue other opportunities if Presti wanted.
Stefan Bondy: People close to Sam Presti believe his relationship with Thunder owner Clay Bennett is such that if he wants to leave for the Knicks or another organization he’ll be allowed to even while under contract. Bennett and Presti have worked together for 12 years.
The Thunder posted an average local television rating of 6.69 this season, second-best in the NBA behind the Golden State Warriors. They also have sold out 355 consecutive home games, which is the third-longest active run in the NBA. The team is controlled by Clay Bennett, whose group bought the club — then the Seattle SuperSonics — in 2006 for about $325 million. The team relocated to Oklahoma City for the 2008-2009 season.
“I am thrilled that Nick Collison will be the first Thunder player to have their number retired in Oklahoma City,” said Thunder Chairman Clayton I. Bennett. “He has cemented himself as part of the fabric of this community and our organization by setting an example of commitment, hard work and authenticity. Congratulations Nick.”
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan on when he figured out he was going to get his fifth year option picked up: “Actually, just today.” … Said he was grateful, appreciative and thankful for Thunder owner Clay Bennett and general manager Sam Presti.