Thursday , Jul , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Sam Presti, the NBA`s best young executive, gets well deserved extension from OKC

Oklahoma City Thunder Chairman Clay Bennett announced today that the team and Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti have agreed to a multi-year extension. Per club policy, the terms of the extension were not disclosed.

"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."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He looks like an accountant, engineer, or librarian.
The understated and bookish Sam Presti is the best young executive in the NBA, maybe in all of pro’ sports. Today, the Oklahoma City Thunder re-signed their architect to a multi-year contract.

This was a no-brainer when considering his track record.
Very Quickly, Presti has turned the Thunder into a contender that won 50 games in 2010 and pushed the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Quarter-Finals. 

And there’s a buzz surrounding the Thunder’s core of Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, James Harden, Serge Ibaka, and Russell Westbrook. Presti also brought-in useful pieces like Nenad Krstic, Eric Maynor, and Thabo Sefolosha without giving up much.

By building through the draft and a value approach, Presti had loads of cap space, which he used to re-sign superstar and franchise face Kevin Durant in July.

This was a bold move by Presti, retaining the league’s best young player. Yet, there was little national publicity because ESPN was overly consumed by LeBron James and The Decision.

Presti was deserving of an extension because he has set the Thunder up to thrive, and Oklahoma City has some of the league’s best fans.

Don’t expect the unassuming Presti to make a big deal about his new contract, though. It’s exactly what you`d expect from someone who looks like an accountant, engineer, or librarian, and not the league`s best young executive.

–Oly Sandor.

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