Presti: Too early to tell if international signings are NBA trend

By Darnell Mayberry Published: August 11, 2008
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Nine NBA players and one of this year's top-rated high school players have taken their talents overseas this summer, sparking a somewhat shocking wave of players who have spurned the NBA in favor of signing with foreign teams.

In a Q&A with The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti talks about the growing trend, how it could impact Oklahoma City in free agency and whether the NBA should be concerned.

Q: What has been your reaction to the flood of players joining foreign teams?

A: Every situation is different, and until you learn more about what each player's objectives are it's hard to make a determination. But it's certainly something that I think everyone in the league is aware of. But I think it's more of an individual decision for each player.

Should the NBA be concerned with this movement?

I think the NBA is obviously a very strong league. It's got tremendous players in it. I'm sure that the folks in the league are aware of it. But I think it still remains that the best basketball in the world is being played in our arenas every night.

Is this something that concerns other GMs?

You don't necessarily talk about it in specifics. Usually you're more focused on the business at hand. But certainly as a general manager you have to be aware of the marketplace as well as international basketball, because it's certainly a prevalent talent pool from a talent standpoint.

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