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Thunder-Spurs: Nazr Mohammed made impression on Sam Presti during time in San Antonio

When center Nazr Mohammed played for the San Antonio Spurs in 2005-06, he came in to do extra work on off days and often found himself casually chatting with the team’s director of player personnel at the time. A 29-year-old kid named Sam Presti.

BY JOHN ROHDE Published: May 27, 2012
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/articleid/3679113/1/pictures/1731190">Photo - Left: Oklahoma City’s Nazr Mohammed dunks the ball during Game 5 of the Thunder-Lakers series.  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Left: Oklahoma City’s Nazr Mohammed dunks the ball during Game 5 of the Thunder-Lakers series. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Mohammed’s numbers have been more modest with the Thunder, particularly this season (2.7 points; 2.7 rebounds; 11.0 minutes), but his value remains whenever the Thunder frontcourt gets thin due to injuries and/or foul trouble.

Presti also appreciated Mohammed in San Antonio, but could not afford to re-sign him.

Mohammed remained with the Spurs for the season following the championship and made 30 starts, but signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons for $5.215 million after making $5.5 million with the Spurs.

Mohammed said he was looking for a long-term deal at the full midlevel exception, which the Pistons offered but the Spurs did not.

“I was looking for more stability with the years,” Mohammed said. “It didn’t really come down to a dollar number. It was a little bit more money in Detroit and the years.”

Last June, Mohammed signed a one-year extension with OKC for $3.75 million.

One month earlier, he posted his reasons for wanting to remain with the franchise on his Twitter account: “In OKC I have (a) chance 2 compete 4 a Championship, opportunity 2 share what I know (with) a young team, chance 2 learn how 2 run a top notch organization & unbelievable fans ...”


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