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.