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Sam Prestigiacomo (born c. 1977 in Concord, Massachusetts) is an American basketball executive. Since June 7, 2007, he is the General Manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics.[1] Presti previously served as an assistant general manager to R. C. Buford for the San Antonio Spurs. He is credited with encouraging the Spurs to draft point guard Tony Parker in 2001. As GM of the Sonics he traded multiple time All-Star Ray Allen to the Boston Celtics, where he helped win the NBA title in 2008, in exchange for the draft rights to Jeff Green, who was named to the All-Rookie team with Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant[2].

He also traded All-Star Rashard Lewis to Orlando for a 2nd round draft pick and a $9 million dollar trade exception, which Presti used to land Kurt Thomas and 2 first-round draft picks from Phoenix. Lewis could have left without compensation.[3] He also hired P.J. Carelismo. as Head Coach. Following these moves his record as GM after his first season in charge is 20-62 with no playoffs appearance.

During his second season, the Thunder began the season 1-12, fired P. J. Carlesimo, and hired Scott Brooks as the interim coach. Under Brooks, the Thunder went 22-47. Presti acquired Thabo Sefolosha from the Chicago Bulls for a late first round pick[4]. Presti also acquired Tyson Chandler from the New Orleans Hornets for two backups (Chris Wilcox and Joe Smith), but the trade was later rescinded because Chandler failed his required physical[5].

Presti graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in communications, politics and law from Emerson College in Boston. He's an accomplished drummer whose CDs benefited a children's hospital. Presti once took six charging fouls in one Division III basketball game. A former college professor of his calls him the hardest-working student he's had in 38 years as an educator.[6]




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