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Sam Presti's top five trades

Sam Presti is known for his wheeling and dealing. A look at the top five trades he has made as Thunder general manager
By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, Modified: June 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm •  Published: June 27, 2010

July 11, 2007

Signed and traded Rashard Lewis to Orlando for a $9.5 million trade exception and a future second-round pick.

What came next: Presti used the exception and the second-rounder to take on Kurt Thomas' $8.1 million contract from Phoenix. The Suns threw in two unconditional first-round picks in 2008 and 2010. Those turned into Serge Ibaka and, via another trade, Cole Aldrich. Presti then sent Thomas to San Antonio for Francisco Elson, Brent Barry and a 2009 first-round pick that, as a result of moving up one spot, gave the Thunder Byron Mullens.

Jan. 7, 2009

Traded Johan Petro and a 2009 second-round pick to Denver for Chucky Atkins, a 2009 first-round pick and cash.

What came next: With three first-round picks in 2009, Presti conveyed Denver's pick to Chicago to acquire Thabo Sefolosha, who has become the Thunder's best defensive player. The Bulls used that 26th overall pick to select Taj Gibson.

July 27, 2009

Traded Chucky Atkins and Damien Wilkins to Minnesota for Etan Thomas and two 2010 second-round picks.

What came next: Thomas played sparingly in 2009-10, but the second-round picks were vital in the 2010 draft. Presti sent Minnesota's 2010 32nd overall selection to Miami for Daequan Cook and the 18th overall selection. Presti then sent the 18th pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for a future first-round pick.

Dec. 22, 2009

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