Sam Presti is all in.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s General Manager felt the pressure and pulled out all the stops this offseason, landing perennial All-Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to put alongside superstar point guard Russell Westbrook.
The immediate result was positive. It sure showed that Presti was going to do what he needed to bring supreme talent to keep OKC as a championship contender and make Westbrook want to stay. That happened, as Russ signed a five-year, $205 million extension on Sept. 29.
One problem solved.
Next came figuring out how to put this team together. Because while it sounds good on the surface, this isn’t fantasy basketball. You don’t suddenly put two guys used to being “the guy” with the reigning MVP and a new situation and just think it will work with no bumps.