Video: Bulls Will Not Pursue Sam Presti

Erik Gee

Some Welcome news for Thunder fans the Chicago Bulls will not be pursuing Sam Presti to make their basketball decisions.  The Bulls are planning to start interviews next week for a top executive who will have "full basketball authority." 

The big take away is that Chicago didn't have a shot at Presti.  If they did, he would be no worse than second on Michel Rinesdorf's list behind Masai Ujiri of the Raptors.  

Sam Amico of All Cavs reported in March that Clay Bennet and Presti were on such good terms that the Thunder owner would not have an issue with him pursuing other opportunities. The problem for the Bulls or any other team that may want Presti's services is the price tag could be upwards of 9 to 10-million dollars. 

Another issue is that Vice President John Paxon and General Manager Gar Forman could stay on in other roles. Presti, who has been the only GM in Oklahoma City's history, has complete jurisdiction when it comes to personnel decisions. 

No matter the job description in Chicago, you still have predecessors looking over your shoulder, and it wouldn't take much to poison the well. Presti is too smart to walk into that situation. 

Plus, with a stockpile of draft picks over the next few seasons and a potential superstar in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to build around, the Thunder are set up for a bright future. 

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