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By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.comClay Bennett and Sam Presti walked the halls of Chesapeake Energy Arena, looking like their dog had died. They had just come from the arena floor and perhaps the greatest moment in Oklahoma City sports history, the celebration of the Thunder's 2012 Western Conference championship. But Bennett and Presti were on a mission as the revelry continued.
Via Thunder Rumblings
3 days ago

Three things that the Oklahoma City Thunder need to do this offseason

If and when the Oklahoma City Thunder lose in the playoffs, GM Sam Presti and the front office should be thinking about one thing and one thing only—retaining Kevin Durant. Now in his ninth NBA season, KD is a perennial MVP candidate, averaging 27.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in his illustrious career. He’s a Rookie of the Year winner, a four-time scoring champion...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Thunder GM Sam Presti brilliantly sums up the Kevin Durant rumors

With Kevin Durant's looming free agency after the 2015-16 season, the big question this summer will be if he stays in Oklahoma City or goes elsewhere.Thunder general manager Sam Presti knows plenty of teams would love to add an elite scorer like Durant to their lineups and had a funny way of putting the rumors in perspective on Friday. Per Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater of NewsOK...
Via Fox Sports
February 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Thunder GM Sam Presti: Kevin Durant fully cleared for training camp

Oklahoma City Thunder fans — and arguably NBA fans as a whole — have reason to be encouraged about the upcoming season after Sam Presti announced Kevin Durant has been “cleared to participate” fully in training camp. “In terms of limitations, he does not have any,” Presti told the assembled media, via NewsOK.com’s Anthony Slater, who live-tweeted the event via his...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Does Sam Presti know what he's doing?

The Thunder's mantra, at least from a front office standpoint, has always been "Trust the process." That's easy to say when the process is going well, but once it hits a derailment – say, firing the head coach – it becomes less easy to have faith.Sam Presti, the progenitor of this process, has, for the most part, nailed every move he's made. But with a move as monumental as this...
Via Fox Sports
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Sam Presti Salvage the Thunder’s Future?

A difficult week has likely spelled the end of a difficult season for the Oklahoma City Thunder. First came Serge Ibaka’s knee surgery on Tuesday, sidelining the forward for the remainder of the regular season. Friday, we learned Kevin Durant’s rehab was being put on hold indefinitely as his recovery from a Jones fracture in his right foot has not gone as planned. With only 14...
Via Sportsnaut
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder announce Kevin Durant is out indefinitely

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been removed from “basketball activities,” general manager Sam Presti announced Friday. Durant, who has been dealing with a foot injury all season, has not been making the anticipated progress from his latest setback during rehab. Presti said Durant will be reevaluated at a later date.  No timetable for a return has been set. ...
Via Sportsnaut
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Sam Presti blasts rumor that Thunder would trade Durant

Sam Presti heard the rumor that he would consider trading franchise icon Kevin Durant and shot it down forcefully. The rumor started when former Portland exec Tom Penn told Colin Cowherd that he would expect Presti to trade Durant if the 2014 league MVP does not commit to re-signing with the Thunder long term. Presti...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder GM: Scott Brooks will return

Sam Presti has made it clear that he believes in Coach Brooks, who won 59 games with the Thunder during the 2013-’14 season. “Scotty, I think, did an excellent job,” Presti said Thursday. “Scott will come back a little bit better.” Brooks and the Thunder once again fell short in the playoffs, losing 4-2... The post Thunder GM Sam Presti Says Scott Brooks Will Return...
Via Hoops-Nation
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Thunder Confident In Current Team, Will Do 'Due Diligence' On Trade Market

The Oklahoma City Thunder will do their due diligence on the trade market, but Sam Presti is adamant that the organization is confident about the current makeup of the roster. "We're going to do our due diligence, but we feel good about where we are," Presti said. The Thunder have been without Russell Westbrook for extended parts of the season. The Thunder are 28-9 this season, good...
Via RealGM
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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