Presti: 'I'm pretty inspired by what's ahead of us'
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said the organization has created a lot of momentum coming off a historic season.
Presti said he wished the team was still playing but happy that the young team was able to garner collective experience playing together in the postseason.
"Any time you change an entire team there is a certain amount of continuity that you have to build," Presti said.
The Thunder's season came to an end April 25 in a game five loss to Houston. Oklahoma City finished 47-35 during a regular season that saw star Russell Westbrook break the single season record for triple-doubles recorded in a season.
"We have an MVP caliber player in Russell and we are trying to do something here that I don't think there are a ton of examples of in the NBA...We are trying to stay competitive and work our way back to the top," Presti said.
The Thunder general manager said the organization will work to push the group to evolve and take on new responsibilities and roles.
"We don't have the margin of error that we had in the past," Presti said.
The Thunder plan to speak with Westbrook as soon as they are able to talk about a contract extension.
"We are hopeful he remains excited about staying with this organization for his entire career," Presti said.
Andre Roberson and Taj Gibson hit the free agency market during the off season. Presti said the team sat down with Roberson during the fall.
"Every indication we've had from 'Dre is that he loves playing here," Presti said.
Presti believes the job Thunder Head Coach Billy Donovan did throughout the season went unrecognized.
"He had us playing really well in the postseason," Presti said.
The Thunder have the 21st pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Presti said the team looks at the draft as an opportunity.
"I think there will be a good player at 21," Presti said.
In the end, Presti said he was looking forward to the 2017-2018 season.
"I wish the season started tomorrow," Presti said. "We are excited about taking the next step and seeing what this edition of the Thunder looks like."