In a candid admission, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti shouldered the blame for the underwhelming outcome of Gordon Hayward’s stint with the team.

Following the Thunder’s playoff exit, Hayward expressed disappointment over his limited role, emphasizing his desire for more opportunities to showcase his skills.

Despite joining the Thunder with high expectations, Hayward’s contributions dwindled significantly during the postseason, prompting introspection from Presti.

Hayward, who joined Oklahoma City at the trade deadline, averaged 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 17.2 minutes per game over 26 regular-season appearances.

His playing time and impact diminished significantly during the playoffs, where he averaged only 6.6 minutes per game and did not score any points.

Presti responded to Hayward’s comments, acknowledging the player’s frustration and reflecting on the trade decision.

“Whatever he’s saying is fine. I think it was a bit of a tough situation to go from always starting to coming to a team that started to surge quite a bit… He helped us get to the 1 seed… I think he did help our rebounding,” Presti said, via Clemente Almanza.

Admitting his own error, Presti added, “I missed on that. That’s on me. But I’m learning. Trying to learn this team… Just trying to be a great observer of this team as it’s going through its paces… I don’t think I read that one perfect.”

As Hayward’s four-year, $120 million contract approaches expiration, the 34-year-old forward will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.