Trades turn Thunder into contenders

After years of patience, Oklahoma City now a threat out West with Perkins, Mohammed

Originally Published: February 24, 2011
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

For three and a half years, Sam Presti stayed patient.

He waited and built and reminded everybody else to be patient, not rush, and see how these kids developed before splurging on the veteran pieces they'd eventually need around them. That moment was someday in the future, he'd remind all the impatient folks.