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OKC Thunder notebook: Sam Presti 'not considering' using the amnesty on Kendrick Perkins

But before the last season of his contract — the last chance OKC can wipe (but still pay) his $9.1 million salary from the books — Thunder general manager Sam Presti told reporters at his exit interview on Thursday that’s it’s not likely to happen.
by Anthony Slater Published: June 5, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti gave his assessment of the Thunder's season and discussed plans and options for the team's future during a  media availability session at the Thunder practice facility Thursday, June 5, 2014.   Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti gave his assessment of the Thunder's season and discussed plans and options for the team's future during a media availability session at the Thunder practice facility Thursday, June 5, 2014. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

PRESTI EXPECTS TO HAVE CONTRACT TALKS WITH JACKSON

The future of Reggie Jackson might be decided this offseason. Or maybe not.

The Thunder’s gifted reserve point guard will be eligible for a contract extension for the first time on July 1. And Presti said the goal is to get a deal done. But it’s not close to a certainty.

“Generally, these things don’t happen in July,” Presti said. “The trend now is they don’t even happen by the Oct. 31 deadline. But we are going to make a concerted effort to try to work something out with him that works for everybody. If that doesn’t happen, then we’ll pick the conversations up the following summer and see where that leads us.”

When asked if a trade was possible if nothing could be worked out with Jackson, Presti said, “That’s not something we’re considering.”

DRAFT OPTIONS

With two first round picks — the 21st and 29th overall — the Thunder has plenty of options and assets heading into the June 26 draft.

Presti said he’s currently sifting through the potential avenues OKC can go with those picks.

“I wouldn’t rule out moving those selections depending on what’s sitting there,” Presti said. “I think there’s a big difference between picking a player and selecting a player. When you’re picking, you’re picking from not necessarily things that you want. Selection, to me, is when you’re selecting from a pool that you value. We want to be in position to select. If we’re in a position simply to pick, then we’ll probably move the pick on.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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