”From the day that he arrived, we really made a specific and intentional effort to build a relationship with Paul and his representation built on three things: collaboration Cheap P.J. Hall Jersey , transparency, and trust,” Presti said. ”Those tenets were followed throughout the year and continued to be. I felt strongly about the relationship. I feel great about the communication and the honesty, about the way we started the relationship.”
Dealing with Anthony will be a critical element of the offseason. The 10-time All-Star was inconsistent and ended the season unhappy. He averaged just 16.2 points this season, the lowest average of his career. He was an isolation specialist most of his career before shifting to more of a catch-and-shoot role this season. He made it clear on Saturday that he’s not interested in coming off the bench and he doesn’t like the role he had last season.
The Thunder will owe Anthony $28 million if he doesn’t exercise his early termination option. If he stays, it creates a dilemma for Donovan. Presti doesn’t expect Anthony’s role to change.
”He has to decide whether or not he wants to do another year of trying to make this transition as a stretch player,” Presti said. ”That’s the first thing. I think he’s being very candid and very honest. I respect that. I respect the fact he’s being open about that.”
Regardless, Donovan’s future with the Thunder is clearer than that of George and Anthony. He has a 150-96 career regular-season record (.610) with the franchise.
”I think he comes in guns blazing every day looking for ways to get better, looking for ways to continue to build relationships with his players,” Presti said. ”I think he’s done an excellent job of that Taven Bryan Youth Jersey , as well, based on just the fact that this season, with some of the adversities we faced relative to expectations, relative to some injury, the newness of the team, the chemistry of the team, the strength of the team. I think he has a big hand in that, as well.”