Following the departures of two key front office members, the Oklahoma City Thunder has restructured its staff for the 2010-11 season.
The team announced Tuesday that it has promoted Troy Weaver to vice president/assistant general manager, Rob Hennigan to assistant general manager/player personnel, Paul Rivers to director of minor league operations and basketball technology and Brandon Barnett to director of minor league scouting and manager of minor league operations.
The Thunder also announced the additions of Michael Winger as assistant general manager/legal and administration and David Vanterpool as a pro scout.
Oklahoma City saw assistant general manager Rich Cho accept the general manager job in Portland this summer. Cho hired former Thunder Director of Pro Personnel Bill Branch to his Blazers staff as an assistant general manager.
The reorganization of the Thunder's front office staff is in line with last week's announcement of only a slightly revamped coaching staff following the departure of lead assistant Ron Adams to Chicago. The team made only one hire, Maz Trakh as an assistant/player development coach, and decided to move forward by keeping the remainder of its returning coaching staff intact.
"We are pleased to continue to promote from within our organization while also bringing in new people who will enhance and complement our current staff," said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. "The promotions of Troy, Rob, Paul and Brandon are well deserved. They are selfless workers who are extremely committed to our organization. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to also add people such as Michael and David to our team. Both will enhance our organization and help us grow in a positive direction."
Winger joins the Thunder after spending the previous five seasons in various roles with Cleveland. He most recently served as the Cavaliers' director of basketball operations and team counsel. Winger will focus on player contract negotiations and drafting, salary cap management and other basketball legal and administrative duties.
Vanterpool joins the Thunder from CSKA Moscow, Russia, where he was most recently an assistant coach for the European power that will visit the Ford Center in October for a preseason game. Vanterpool, a former player for 14 years in the U.S. and Europe, will focus on professional scouting in the United States and overseas.