Debating the pros and cons of OKC Thunder GM Sam Presti accepting 76ers job

Sam Presti, OKC Thunder 2019 NBA Free Agency Tracker (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sam Presti, OKC Thunder 2019 NBA Free Agency Tracker (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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OKC Thunder 2013 draft
EDMOND, OK – JUNE 29: (L-R) NBA draftees Grant Jerrett, Andre Roberson, and Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder are introduced by Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti on June 29, 2013 at the Thunder Events Center in Edmond, Oklahoma. Seated left to right are Grant Jerrett, Andrre Roberson, Steven Adams and Sam  Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) /

With the Philadelphia 76ers General Manager position still open, would Sam Presti consider making a major career move and leave the OKC Thunder behind?

Lost in another wild NBA offseason is the fact the Philadelphia 76ers still don’t have a general manager. Head coach Brett Brown is still running the organization until a search is completed. By the sound of things, the Sixers are swinging for the fences, having unsuccessfully pursued Rockets GM Daryl Morey.

While nothing has come out, the Money news got me thinking about whether or not the Sixers may have offered OKC Thunder GM Sam Presti the same position. If that were the case, would he consider the move? I took a look at some of the pros and cons of this hypothetical opportunity.

Why Presti should consider the 76ers position:

An elite, young core, with tremendous upside.

The Sixers without question, have one of, if not best set of young stars in the league. Joel Embiid, 24, was on the All-NBA Second Team in technically his first full league in the year. Ben Simmons, 22, is a future all-star and is already one of the league’s biggest mismatches. It’s easy to forget about Markelle Fultz, but after one of the oddest, still unclear absences in NBA history, is working with well-renowned trainer Drew Hanlen to get his shot back. According to reports, significant progress has been made.

The team’s supporting cast is also very young with still plenty of room to grow. Dario Šaric, Furkan Korkmaz, Jonah Bolden, Zhaire Smith, and Landry Shamet are all 25 and under. This team already won 52 games last season, and should continue to get better as their core enters its prime.