Thunder GM Presti high on coach Brooks

Thunder general manager Sam Presti is pleased with the direction the franchise is heading in, despite the loss to San Antonio in the Western Conference finals.

Presti said Thursday he feels the Thunder are positioned to succeed. Kevin Durant, the league MVP, is signed through 2015-16 and three-time All-Star Russell Westbrook and defensive ace Serge Ibaka are signed through 2016-17.

Presti also spoke highly of coach Scott Brooks who has come under some scrutiny locally for not getting back to the NBA Finals, and for his offense, which critics say gives Westbrook too much freedom.

Presti said he values often-criticized center Kendrick Perkins and wouldn't consider waiving or trading him unless it could help the team strategically long term.

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