NBA Draft: Evaluating Sam Presti's draft-night trades

A look back on the more notable draft-night trades made by Thunder GM Sam Presti, including the Ray Allen trade in 2007.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 26, 2013
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photo - NBA basketball team Seattle SuperSonics draft pick Kevin Durant, second from left, and Jeff Green, second from right, the rights to whom the Sonics acquired in a trade with the Boston Celtics for Ray Allen, are introduced to the news media at the Sonics' practice center in Seattle on Friday, June 29, 2007. At left is owner, chairman Clay Bennett and at right is general manager Sam Presti. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
NBA basketball team Seattle SuperSonics draft pick Kevin Durant, second from left, and Jeff Green, second from right, the rights to whom the Sonics acquired in a trade with the Boston Celtics for Ray Allen, are introduced to the news media at the Sonics' practice center in Seattle on Friday, June 29, 2007. At left is owner, chairman Clay Bennett and at right is general manager Sam Presti. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

A look back on the more notable draft-night trades made by Thunder GM Sam Presti.

 

The draft: 2007

The deal: Sent Ray Allen and 35th overall pick Glen Davis to Boston for fifth overall pick Jeff Green, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and a 2008 second-round pick.

The fallout: This was Presti's first major decision as boss. Though Presti was highly criticized at the time in Seattle for making the deal, this actually was the move that set up the Thunder's future. It and subsequent moves shed payroll and provided precious salary cap space, while also clearing house for the franchise to belong to Kevin Durant. “I'm glad they did it that way,” Durant told The Oklahoman in 2009. “I guess it was a blessing in disguise.”

The grade: A. Though it set the team back two years, Presti freed the franchise from its pattern of mediocrity and ushered in a new culture of youth and, eventually, winning.

 

The draft: 2007

The deal: Sent Carl Landry to Houston for cash and a 2008 second-round pick.

The fallout: Landry has bounced around, playing on four different teams, but has made the most of his first six seasons, averaging 11.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 389 career games. The 2008 second-round pick turned into Sasha Kaun, who was immediately traded to Cleveland for cash on draft night and never played a minute in the NBA.

The grade: D. Think the Thunder could use Carl Landry these days?

 

The draft: 2008

The deal: Sent 32nd overall pick Walter Sharpe and 46th overall pick Trent Plaisted to Detroit for 29th overall pick D.J. White.

The fallout: White was a promising prospect but was stuck in a logjam in Oklahoma City. Sharpe and Plaisted combined to play 20 career minutes in the NBA, all by Sharpe.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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