Thunder GM sees Kevin Durant free agency pitch as 'exciting' opportunity

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Kevin Durant's impending free agency has a lot of General Managers across the NBA excited, and, according to a report today, that includes the Oklahoma City Thunder GM too.

You might think Sam Presti would be nervous about the prospect of having to pitch in an effort to convince his team's biggest star to stay put, but it appears to be quite the opposite.

Speaking to CBS Sports radio recently, Presti revealed he actually sees his impending crunch talks with KD as an exciting opportunity for everyone involved:

"I think for us it's an opportunity to be pretty excited about, quite frankly, to really get excited about and lean into," Presti said, per the CBS report.

"Because we have the opportunity to sit down with not only a player but a person that has really defined the Thunder, and I would say Oklahoma City for that matter as well, for the better part of a decade."

With Durant and OKC having come within one game of reaching the NBA Finals this year there is a growing feeling that he will spurn other opportunities to stay put it Oklahoma City as he continues his pursuit of that elusive championship ring.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of pitches that will be made to Durant in the coming weeks and months, and he is likely to hear some pretty big promises from the Thunder's rivals.

Presti, though, believes the almost decade-long relationship KD has with Oklahoma City gives the franchise something of an advantage:

"It's a chance to reflect on that relationship and then, I think, really get excited about what could be an incredibly bright future together," he explained.

"I'd like to think that we've been preparing for these types of things and for this particular occasion for the nine years that we've been together."

Only time will tell where Durant opts to play his basketball next season, but the OKC front office certainly doesn't appear to be too concerned about losing him just yet.

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