It’s not that Sam Presti hasn’t been here before, at least in a sense. Nine years ago at the age of 29 he was tasked with rebuilding an organization, when he was hired as the general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics.

A year later, the Sonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Presti has since built the Thunder into a contender with astute drafts and free agent signings. An NBA championship seemed not only attainable but a certainty, with Kevin Durant leading the way and Russell Westbrook emerging as an elite player.

That has changed. Durant signed with the Warriors as a free agent, and Presti now has to reshape an organization that is expected to slip into mediocrity.