OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder general manager Sam Presti said he had a pretty good indication that Kevin Durant was leaving the team before Durant announced hed be joining the Golden State Warriors on Monday.When you do this long enough, I would say this: I would say we have means known and unknown to try to understand and interpret where things probably are headed, and so we had a pretty good indication, I think, that this was a potential outcome, he said.Presti said Durant called him to inform him of his decision before it was posted on The Players Tribune.I found out a few minutes before the media, he said. He called me with his agent and business manager, and we had a conversation. Kevin was great.As for the reasons Durant gave for leaving the franchise he has been with the past nine years, Presti said it was about the opportunity to pursue a different challenge and step outside his comfort zone.He and I are going to talk, probably down the line, Presti said. Weve worked together for nine years. I have nothing but respect for him. Those obviously arent easy conversations, but theyre necessary, and Im appreciative that he called me himself.Presti said he has not communicated with Russell Westbrook via phone, but he said they have exchanged text messages, and Westbrook has spoken with other staffers.Ive been attending to other parts of my duties, Presti said, but Ill talk with Russell and the other guys here, probably either tonight or tomorrow.The Thunders two meetings with Durant didnt feature any players, while the Warriors, Clippers and Celtics brought players to pitch to Durant. Presti was asked why Westbrook wasnt involved.How do you know that we didnt? Presti asked. He said Nick Collison and Westbrook met with Durant alone before any of the team meetings started.I think its important to give those guys time away from a meeting setting so that they can talk openly and candidly, Presti said. I talk all the time about those guys being the founding fathers, and those guys, they need to have those conversations that are authentic, and I feel really good that, given the outcome, that they had time together one more time as teammates.ESPNs Brian Windhorst reported Monday after Durants decision that the Thunder would look to try to negotiate an extension with Westbrook -- who will be an unrestricted free agent next summer -- or possibly explore trade options for him. Presti said hes confident that Westbrook will embrace the new solo leadership role.Russell Westbrook is a force of nature, he said. He is a true leader in the sense that he takes it on. He takes it on, and I think hell take this on as well. He has helped establish the standards that we work by, as have Kevin and the other players that have come before us. But this is a different situation, and I know that Russell will adjust and adapt to that.With Durant now coming off their books, the Thunder can get to the neighborhood of $20 million in cap space, and Presti said the team had contingency plans in place should Durant exit. He said the team wont react quickly but will instead take a few days to process its options.Well sit down, well look at where we are, and as I said before, like, I think, if youre impulsive, you can be limited, he said. We dont want to limit ourselves. We want to take a hard look at whats best for the Thunder, and thats always how weve conducted our business. Custom Diamondbacks Jerseys . He was followed closely by David Clarkson, donning red, seconds later. Clarksons actions one night earlier, leaping off the bench in defence of Kessel during a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres, will cost him the first 10 games of the regular season. Wholesale Custom Diamondbacks Shirts . 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These are the ones you need to win so people pay attention.In both of her last two starts, Haveyougoneaway took advantage of a strong pace and closed very well.Wednesday, Kendrick Carmouche had Haveyougoneaway sixth of seven early, outside of Paulassilverlining as Disco Chick, La Madrina, Sarah Sis, and Bar of Gold scrimmaged on the lead through an opening quarter-mile in 22.01 seconds.Paulassilverlining actually broke on top, but was reined in by Jose Ortiz and appeared to be sitting a nice ground-saving trip. 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What a thrill.Though Paulassilverlining got the jump on Haveyougoneaway, Carmouche said he wanted to wait a little longer before moving his filly into the clear turning for home.I let her take the spot I could have been in because I knew my filly would make up the ground, said Carmouche, who won his first Saratoga graded stakes.Ortiz said Paulassilverlining had the exact trip he wanted, and was simply second-best.I think I had a perfect trip. I came out when I wanted to. She gave me a great run in the stretch, just got beat, Ortiz said.Theres a possibility Haveyougoneaway and Paulassilverlining could come back in the Grade 1 Ballerina on Aug. 27. ' ' '