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June 6, 2014

Presti keeps focus on long-term in the offseason

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Presti seemed to be generally pleased with every aspect of the team and organization going forward. From the growth of Steven Adams and Jeremy Lamb to the salary cap flexibility the team has heading into the offseason. Even with the bench, which had come up short in the postseason, Presti had nothing but good things to report.

Yet, it’s almost certain that several players on the team will be gone this offseason. Thabo Sefolosha, Caron Butler, Hasheem Thabeet, Derek Fisher and Perry Jones could all be in a different uniform next season.

If that is the case, Oklahoma City could find themselves very active in free agency and the draft, where they have two first-round picks. Presti has made it clear he will not sacrifice the future for a chance at short-term glory.

“The goal of any team is to get the most out of that team and maximize it based on the way its built,” Presti said. “We’ve always made our decisions on getting the most out of what we have and how to put everybody in position to be successful and play to their strengths.... We have some decisions coming in the future and we want to make sure that what we do in one year doesn’t rob the future years of the opportunity to maximize themselves. I think we’ve been good about doing that.”

Michael Kinney

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mkinney@normantranscript.com

 

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