Sam Presti 2018 year end press conference: reading between the lines

OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook and general manager Sam Presti (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook and general manager Sam Presti (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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General Manager Sam Presti speaks at a press conference with Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder after signing a contract extension  (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Continued Growth:

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Presti was clear in stating although the team needs more time to assess Terrance Ferguson more, he expects growth from certain players. The three he pinpointed were Alex Abrines, Patrick Patterson, and Jerami Grant. The latter is a free agent this offseason, so this again may be posturing on the GM’s part with the hopes of re-signing Grant. And, again, getting rid of Carmelo Anthony will be imperative for this signing to even be a possibility.

One reporter tried to open the Westbrook conversation with a view to examining his amount of shots, failure from deep and defensively. Presti quickly and adeptly spun the narrative to what an outstanding talent Westbrook is, how he’ll work tirelessly to improve.

I can’t say I blame him, Russ is his crowning glory as a GM. It’s his job to protect Westbrook and it’s understandable why he wouldn’t bite on any negativity tossed in that direction.

The one area Presti was willing to discuss with free throws which he cited the entire team for failing to deliver on. The expectation was clear this area must be fixed by each and every player in the offseason.

Closing:

Moving forward the if we take three points from Presti it’s OKC will go above and beyond to retain Paul George and Jerami Grant, will lay down the law with Anthony and gladly shed his salary and expectations for 2018-19 is for a team with some continuity will return to achieving the success they garnered prior to Andre Roberson’s injury.