Presti excited for new additions to the team as Thunder basketball enters 10th season

Thunder General Manager Sam Presti speaks to the media Sept. 22 ahead of the Thunder's 10th season. (KOKH/Matt Coon)

Thunder General Manager Sam Presti answered questions on the Thunder's new players, Russell Westbrook's contract and Kevin Durant's Twitter controversy during his preseason press conference Friday.

Presti began the conference showing his excitement for the 10th season of Thunder basketball in Oklahoma City.

"It's remarkable to look back on the fact of a decade of Thunder basketball in OKC." Presti said. "We are really grateful for all of our players, past and present and our coaches."

Looming over the Thunder is reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook's contract. The Thunder star has until Oct. 16 to accept the team's offer. Presti didn't reveal much about the process.

"Let's get to the 16th and when we get to the 16th, we'll get our answer," Presti said.

The Thunder acquired forward Paul George from the Indiana Pacers in a trade just hours before free agency began this summer. Presti said he was excited to have Paul George walking the hallways.

"He just plays the right way," Presti said.

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Oklahoma City has several new faces in the locker room, including George, the team has added Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton. Dakari Johnson and Daniel Hamilton join the team after spending time with the Thunder's developmental team, the Oklahoma City Blue.

"There will be a period where it is messy." Presti said. "It's all part of it...It's going to take some time to get those things ironed out early."

Training camp for the Thunder begins Sept. 26. Several players will miss time during camp as they continue to get healthy. Presti said that Westbrook will miss a few days of practice after receiving a PRP injection in his knee.

"Nothing related to any other injuries. Nothing serious. He'll play in some preseason games," Presti said.

Alex Abrines is still recuperating from a bone bruise. Presti said he is progressing well. New addition Patterson should be on the court for a few preseason games after undergoing knee surgery this summer.

Thunder Center Enes Kanter had a busy off-season after being detained in a Romanian airport because his passport was canceled by the Turkish government. Kanter has long been outspoken against his home country's leaders. Presti believes that the NBA is hard at work to ensure that Kanter will be able to travel abroad for the Thunder's match-ups against Toronto and Dec. 7 against the Nets in Mexico City.

Former Thunder forward Kevin Durant came under fire this week after tweets criticizing the Thunder in third person. Presti told the media that he and the organization have respect for everything Durant accomplished in Oklahoma City.

"I and no one from the Thunder has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant." Presti said. "We've been open about the fact that we have respect for what he accomplished."

Thunder Media Day is scheduled for Sept. 25. FOX 25 will have coverage live from the event.

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