Sam Presti Rumors
Joe Mussatto: From Thunder release: The 2025 second-round pick OKC is acquiring is the most favorable of Boston and Memphis. The 2023 second-round pick OKC is trading to Boston is the least favorable of OKC’s three second-round picks.
The trade also continues a consistent trend under Presti for Oklahoma City to work with players to find them a suitable new home, something he has done with Chris Paul, Danny Green and now Horford after acquiring all three within the past several months. Oklahoma City will work with Walker in a similar fashion, sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Brad Stevens’ first deal as President of Basketball Operations comes with Sam Presti, with whom he’s had a longtime friendship dating back to Butler days. Rare trade ahead of Chicago pre-draft combine, but sides got value they wanted now on a major deal.
Before hiring Stevens, league sources say Celtics ownership considered other internal candidates and even pondered pursuing Sam Presti, a Massachusetts native who has run the Thunder since they were still the Sonics. Presti is a proven front-office boss who steered a small-market team to great success through savvy acquisitions and wise draft picks. Stevens has no front-office experience, and has been in the NBA since only 2013, when the Celtics plucked him from Butler.