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Oklahoma City Thunder: GM Sam Presti talks luxury tax, amnesty clause and draft picks

The Thunder general manager also talked about the team's offseason needs and what will drive the team's draft decisions.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 19, 2013

How much were you able to evaluate the team and individual players without Russell Westbrook?

The team we finished with was of course not the team we are, but that is part of sports. We all face things that are out of our control but we still need to deal with them by coming to work the next day and maintaining our standards to the best of our ability. Given the limited amount of time that our players and coaches had to adjust to the absence of Russell, I think they did an excellent job of working to maximize the group in place and we need to continue to look to do that when the next unforeseen circumstances or situation arises in the future.  

What's the biggest offseason need for this team?

First and foremost, we need to maintain the efficiency that has been developed on both ends of the floor. From there I think we have made strides in reducing our turnover percentage, while also increasing our assist percentage across the board, but we need to continue to build on the progress of this season because that will only raise the efficiency that we have demonstrated that we are capable of. Whether we do that through outside acquisitions or internally, these will be key aspects to our improvement next season.