Sam Presti is the executive vice president and general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He was born on November 1, 1976, in Concord, Massachusetts, USA.
His parents divorced when he was a teenager.
Presti went to Concord-Carlisle High School. After high school, Sam attended Virginia Wesleyan College. While at Virginia Wesleyan College, Presti played Division III basketball.
He transferred to Emerson after two years at Virginia Wesleyan College. In 2000, Sam earned his bachelor’s degree in communications, politics, and law from Emerson College in Boston. At Emerson, Presto played Division III basketball.
In 2000, Sam was hired as a video intern for Gregg Popovich by San Antonio Spurs for $250 per month. In 2001, Presti was promoted to basketball operations assistant and as an assistant director of scouting in 2002.
In 2005, Presti received the Emerson College Young Alumnus Award.
In 2006, he was elevated to the position of Vice President and Assistant General Manager.
On June 7, 2007, Sam was named general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his first season, Presti selected P. J. Carlesimo as head coach. Sam also traded Rashard Lewis to the Orlando Magic and Ray Allen to the Boston Celtics. In addition, Presti drafted Kevin Durant.
During his second season, Sam acquired Thabo Sefolosha from the Chicago Bulls and fired P. J. Carlesimo. Assistant coach Scott Brooks was named as the interim coach. On April 22, 2009, Scott Brooks was promoted to head coach.
His contract was extended in 2010.
In May of 2012, he was named to the National Basketball Association’s first ever Competition Committee.
In 2016, Sam was named the 2016 Oklahoman of the Year by Oklahoma Magazine.
On July 7, 2016, Kevin Durant inked a two-year contract with Golden State. Presti said: ”I have nothing but positive things to say about his tenure here.”
In July 2017, Paul George was acquired to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo.
In September 2017, Carmelo Anthony was acquired by the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Doug McDermott and Enes Kanter.
On July 10, 2019, Presti traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers.
In 2012, Sam Presti married Shannon O’Connor in a private wedding ceremony in OKC.
Shannon serves as the Director of Teen Leadership Initiatives for the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.
In June 2019, Presti and Shannon O’Connor donated $600,000 to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine. ”The Presti family’s gift helps us make every patient and family’s hospital stay as comfortable as possible, thereby improving their recovery and healing process,” declared Jon Hayes, president of The Children’s Hospital.
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The couple has a son Nicholas and twin daughters, Millie and Elise.
”My wife and I had twin girls last night,” Sam announced the news that his wife had twins girls during a press conference in September 2018. He added: ”We’re thrilled and excited. I’m pretty happy as you can probably tell.”
”You got to run your own race.”
”Having Chris Paul return to Oklahoma City is a really unique thing.”
”Quality of life, leaving something, contributing to something that can be lasting and is important to a community.” (Emerson.edu)
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”Winning 20 games at any level regardless is not an easy thing to do.” (The Oklahoman)
”In order to build – and then sustain – a truly great basketball team, it requires a method.”
Sam Presti – Net Worth & Salary
Presti earned most of his wealth from serving as the general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2007 and as an Executive Vice President since 2018.
At his first job as a video intern at San Antonio Spurs, Sam Presti received $250/month. Presti’s salary as the general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder was not disclosed, but the average annual salary of an NBA GM is $2 million. Therefore, basketball executive Sam Presti has an estimated net worth of $15 million.
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