Thunder GM Sam Presti Ushers Out Rumors With Nod to Donovan Mitchell

Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti made that a point in his press conference on Thursday prior to the opening of training camp.

The comment came about when he was discussing the Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland trade mixed with the rumors of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander being on the trade block.

Presti, as most coaches and front office folks would, danced around the direct answer of the rumors but what he said spoke volumes of truth.

"The only reason we're talking about it is because another player on another team got traded, '' Presti said. “The machine — the aggregation machine — is empty now. So we need a little more content.

“That’s the price of admission. It’s not a penalty. No one’s out to try and disrupt the Thunder or create problems for the Thunder. This is the business we work in.”

Sure, Presti never said OKC wouldn’t shop Gilgeous-Alexander, and obviously he’ll have suitors from around the league, but in a sense for now he closed the book of that idea.

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