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Presti, Thunder agree to multi-year extension

Posted on: July 22, 2010 12:31 pm
Posted by Royce Young

In another brilliant move in no-brainerness, the Thunder have signed general manager Sam Presti to a multi-year extension.

Presti inks Durant to a long-term deal, Clay Bennett signs Presti to a long-term deal. Makes total sense.

Said Bennett in a release: “We are fortunate to have Sam leading our basketball organization. He is extremely committed to the growth of our franchise, of our players, and this community. He has helped build an identity for this organization that we can all be proud of. I look forward to our continued work together as we experience the challenges of creating sustainable success.”

Since taking over as GM four years ago, Presti has basically reconstructed the entire roster. The only player remaining that was on the team before Presti arrived is Nick Collison. Presti has drafted (or acquired draft rights of) eight of the Thunder's current roster players, signed two in free agency and traded for the other four.

Presti has said from day one since arriving in Seattle that his strategy was to build a group of players that can grow and mature together. He constantly preaches process and plan and can't go five minutes without talking about development. Presti is a GM that's truly ahead of the game and never lets outside sources influence his decisions. He's held on to Oklahoma City's cap space like grim death and honestly, there's no sign of him really using it any time soon.

And his process is working out. After winning just 20 games his first season in charge, then 24 the next, Presti's Thunder jumped to 50 last season and a playoff birth against the eventual champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Everyone praises the Thunder for their moves and for doing things right, but it honestly can't be that hard when you're just extended people like Kevin Durant and Sam Presti. Not too many people could really screw those moves up.


Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2010 1:54 pm

Presti, Thunder agree to multi-year extension

Yes, OKC is a young and up and coming team that should be very competitive for a long time and Sam Presti has undoubtedly proven his worth.  I understand you're very excited about your team but don't get carried away with claiming a dynasty or dominating the Western conference when nothing has been accomplished.  OKC has yet to win a playoff series.  I remember the NO Hornets from 2008 and how they defeated the defending Champs the San Antonio Spurs and pushed the Los Angeles Lakers to six games during a nice playoff run.  Everyone jumped on their bandwagon and appointed them as the next team to challenge in the Western Conference.  It's now 2010 and look at the state of the NO Hornet franchise?  Its in disarray/chaos!  I'm not saying this will be the fate of OKC but only time will tell.  Let's see if they can keep the core team together?  Durant and Jeff Green where drafted the same year but there was no extension given Jeff Green at this time.  Will they be able to afford and Westbrook and James Harden?  Small market teams have the most difficult task in keeping a team together due to salary cap restrictions.  Maybe the next Collective Bargaining Agreement will help eliminate that disadvantage?  Also let's see how they handle injuries that will eventually happen at some point in time.  When things are going good it easy for praise but lets see how this team and management will handle controversy.  That is the true test of a Champion and the takes time it doesn't happen overnight.  Everyone will be ready for OKC now they will not be taken for granted lets see how they react to the challenge.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2010 9:20 pm

Well-earned contract for Presti

Sam Presti is a master builder as a general manager. He realized who the Thunder are and what OKC is capable of as far as a franchise city. Presti realized that OKC was not a prime destination that he could attract free agents to, so he has masterfully built through the draft and draft day trades. The cap space he holds on to is so he can extend his young stars and keep them together for the long-term. An old school mentality in the salary cap era.
Honestly, Presti would have no chance if he tried to play the free agent game with the big markets. I grew up in OKC and firmly realize that it cannot compete with the Lakers, the Heat, the Bulls, the Celtics and the glamour teams in the big markets as a hot destination. What it can offer is die hard fans that are extremely loyal and rabid. The Thunder have great attendance from the fans in OKC. They have craved for a professional sports team for generations. The Sooners have been the only game in town for a long time. It has only been recently that the Oklahoma State Cowboys have been a player. Presti had another awesome draft day and even better, Durant re-upped. Things are looking good in OKC.

Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:31 pm

Presti, Thunder agree to multi-year extension

Sam Presti has very methodically pieced this team together and has done it fairly quietly........or maybe its because Lebron and company have been making such a fuss that the Thunder continue to stay under the radar. Wouldn't you love to see Chris Paul hook up with this team. He did enjoy his short time in OKC.....

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 10:29 pm

Presti, Thunder agree to multi-year extension

Dynasty. They have skill and luck and brains in the front office.

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 4:08 pm

Presti, Thunder agree to multi-year extension

Best GM in the NBA. Looks like he wants to be in OKC as bad as Durant does. Great GM, great players, great ownership and great fans.

Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 1:25 pm

Presti, Thunder agree to multi-year extension

A just deserve for a top front office guy who really had a success in putting up a top caliber team in a hard fought conference. Sam Presti managed to pull an impressive string of great draft picks that was well complementing Thunder’s star player Kevin Durant. As one of the youngest team in the NBA and an intact core, they will continue to become a great team for a long time.

Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 1:25 pm

Presti, Thunder agree to multi-year extension

Thunder is another up and coming team. Very exciting young team to watch.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 1:04 pm

Presti, Thunder agree to multi-year extension

He's the best GM in the association, bar none. It's not just about him bringing in players who can ball, he brings in players who buy into the organization's unique family approach. This extension will show that the Thunder's playoff season wasn't a fluke and that this is a team that can dominate the Western Conference for years to come.

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