Presti Talks KD Free Agency, Future and Teddy Roosevelt
By Randy Renner, Senior Writer
Thunder GM Sam Presti met with reporters today for about 45 minutes in a wide ranging discussion that went from how he and team management will approach Kevin Durant's free agency to opinions on how Billy Donovan handled his first year as head coach.
He even managed to throw in a quote from former President Teddy Roosevelt.
"He said that 'a great man is someone that spends himself on a worthy cause,' and I thought this team really did that. I thought this team spent itself on a worthy cause. I thought it tried to be the best version of itself," Presti said.
On the job Donovan did in his rookie NBA season: "I thought Billy did an excellent job through the year. He was intentional. He was curious. He was supremely disciplined, I thought. Again, he embarked on a season to trying to build a team so that we could play various ways, that he could discover as much as he could about his own players."
And on how he, the management staff and the ownership group will approach Durant's free agency: "I think number one is not to make it too overly complex. We've had a relationship with Kevin in Oklahoma City for eight years, nine with this particular franchise, and we talk to him all the time. So it's really just a continuation of a dialogue that's been going on for eight or nine years. It's a chance to reflect and recognize that relationship and continue the conversations that we've had on going."
Presti wouldn't say if he and Thunder Chairman Clay Bennett would be knocking on KD's front door just past midnight on July 1st like they were five years ago when they offered him a max extension to his rookie contract.
"All of those things, the actual conversation and things of that nature, that'll take its place naturally. Again, like we've been with this player for quite a while, and the way I personally choose to look at it is we've got to take a step back and realize how incredible, how fortunate are we that Kevin Durant has been one of the first players to ever wear a Thunder uniform."
There were no eyebrow raising revelations, no surprises and no absolutely hard and fast answers.
We will probably have to wait till the first week of July for those.