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NBA Draft: Sam Presti will be wearing his poker face at the NBA Draft

The Thunder general manager values the draft, and he is not afraid to gamble here and there.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 27, 2012

* Thabo Sefolosha. The Thunder traded a 2009 first-round pick to Chicago for Thabo. It got that first-round pick from Minnesota, along with Chucky Atkins, for Johan Petro and a 2009 second-round pick. So Presti turned Petro and a second-round pick into Sefolosha.

* Daequan Cook & Kendrick Perkins. The Thunder traded a 2010 second-round pick to Miami for Cook and a 2010 first-round pick. The Heat made the lopsided deal to clear cap space for LeBron and Chris Bosh, so it worked out for everybody.

Presti eventually swapped that first-round pick for a future Clippers' first-round pick, which he used in the trade to Boston for Kendrick Perkins.

That's four key players — Ibaka, Perk, Thabo and Cook — acquired for the equivalent of loose change.

“If there's a player on the board that we feel like fits our organization, fits our identity, we'll draft him,” Presti said. “If we feel there's a better way to use our draft pick, we'll look at that.

“But the draft is like a board game where you pass go, and you get a free chance to improve. We've gotta figure out the best way to use that.”

Presti has used his draft picks well. Now he gets the chance to again turn a deuce into an ace.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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