WATCH: Thunder GM Sam Presti's Season-Ending Media Availability


Monday, May 1st 2017, 1:18 pm
By: News 9


Thunder GM Sam Presti spoke for the media for the first time since the end of the 2016-17 season on Monday morning and spoke for about an hour. 

Presti touched on a variety of topics including Russell Westbrook's future, Nick Collison and Andre Roberson's free agency, along with his overall thoughts on the season. 

Check out the video above, or take a look at the Twitter updates below. 

Presti: "Now this team knows what its like to be within a couple of games of homecourt advantage down the stretch of the season."

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti @okcthunder
Continuity going into next season will be good, including for Billy. 2 ways get better, internally & externally.

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti: "I think we do have to be intentional with the development of the group going forward." #News9Thunder

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti points out turnovers, fouling and giving up driving lanes as areas the team can improve #News9Thunder

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti presser @okcthunder. Opportunities for guys to get better. Can't be 25th in TOs, foul too much, allow dribble penetration @news9

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti on Russ signing super max: "Rules are we can't have that convo til July 1st. When that time comes we'll sit down."

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti says he hopes Westbrook remains excited about staying with the organization

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti presser @okcthunder - Trying to stay competitive & being part of team not many have chance be part of. @news9

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti on Kanter: "His offensive ability continues to impress us... this is a guy in the future we'll be looking at as a 3-point shooter."

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti on Kanter. Impressed w O. Best hands on team. I think he becomes 3-pt shooter. (Sounds like they plan to keep) @news9

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti points out that Steven Adams has played in two Western Conference Finals in the four years he's been in the league.

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti believes the designated player extension is good for the league. Says it gives teams the chance to keep their best players.

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti on Adams ... he focused on positive comments. And said lots room to improve & we expect that. @news9

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti explained not getting ahead of Russ ramifications using "deterministic mindset." Don't know that I've heard anyone say that. @news9

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti on Roberson: "I thought Dre had a great year. He's just come so far as a contributor for this team."

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti on Roberson's restricted free agency: "Every indication we've had from Dre and his agent is that he loves playing here."

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti on Roberson. Great yr. competitiveness nightly. Restricted free agent in fall. Have talked but don't know. He wants be here. @news9

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti - looking at Abrines & McDermott on floor together more. If you'd told me we'd outshoot Houston I'd think we'd win series. @news9

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti: "I really respect this team. They put their best foot forward." #News9Thunder

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti-We'll look at all options looking at players. But unless it's special situation & doesn't cost a lot we will roll up sleeves @news9

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti says that one of the more unheralded things of this past season was the job Billy Donovan did.

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti on Donovan-It went unrecognized but Billy had excellent season. @news9

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti on bringing back Nick Collison: "If there's a way to make it happen on our end of things we're going to try and make that happen."

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti says he wishes the team could suit up every player under contract

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti on improving-Internal improvement. Conversations to add to team but has be exactly what we need. Otherwise do our job & get better

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti: "We're def not the perfect team... We can always get better. If there was a way to do it quickly, it would be done by now."

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti on Russ: "He's a dominate player. We're so fortunate to have him." Said there hasn't been many players to impact the game like him.

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

Presti says the Thunder will look at every opportunity they can despite not having max money available.

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

On Presti wanting Kanter to become 3-point shooter--I love lots about Kanter. But he shot 13% this year. What's realistic? @news9 #thunder

— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) May 1, 2017

Presti admits the Thunder is not an elite team in the Western conference

— News 9 Sports (@News9Sport) May 1, 2017

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