Following his trade from Oklahoma City to the Los Angeles Lakers, point guard Dennis Schroder sang Sam Presti’s praises for being a great general manager.
Don’t think for a second there’s any ill feelings from Dennis Schroder toward the Oklahoma City Thunder after the team decided to trade him to the Los Angeles Lakers. The point guard made that much clear when he recently was asked about his relationship with Sam Presti.
As it turns out, the Oklahoma City general manager was always great to Schroder, even asking him about potential trade destinations last season. That’s not common, and Schroder knows that. This is why Schroder said he’s got nothing but love for Presti and the Thunder organization.
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Indeed, Schroder didn’t hold back when he was praising Presti. Normally, you might see a player knock the front office on their way out of town, but that wasn’t the case here.
“He’s one of the best GMs in the league,” Schroder said of Presti. “Last season there were talks of me going to the Clippers or Lakers. He actually asked me if I wanted to go there. That is not normal. Usually you just get traded.”
Schroder spent the first five years of his career with the Atlanta Hawks and then followed that up by spending the past two campaigns with the Thunder. In 2019-20, the veteran guard had quite the season, averaging 18.9 points and four assists per game.
Now, he’ll join the reigning NBA Finals champs at the Staples Center. Schroder is poised to start at point guard for the team, which would add to an already dangerous lineup highlighted by LeBron James and Anthony Davis. While he’s now in LA, Schroder clearly won’t forget his time in Oklahoma City. Presti is a big reason for that.