Sam Presti has evolved with the times.

Oklahoma City’s general manager is perhaps best known for drafting Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Over the years, instead of adding big-name free agents and making blockbuster trades, he has added relatively inexpensive players around his stars and built through the draft.

His plans have mostly worked. The Thunder have played in the Western Conference Finals four times and the NBA Finals once since Presti took the job in 2007, and both Durant and Westbrook have won MVP awards.

Not everything has been rosy. Presti couldn’t work out a contract extension with Harden in 2012. And last year, Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State. Durant recently criticized Thunder management for failing to put the right players around him to compete for a title.

In a perfectly timed move, Presti shook the NBA by trading for 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony. The Thunder already had traded for four-time All-Star Paul George in the offseason. With the addition of the kind of talent Durant so desperately wanted in Oklahoma City, it appears Presti has turned over a new leaf.

The man who always has focused on the process has shifted gears and built a super team in a matter of months.

Last Friday, a day before reports of the Anthony deal got out, Presti talked about how the league had changed.

“The league is in transition, but that’s what happens all the time,” Presti said.

“The league is always changing. The rules are always changing. … [Our] job is to take the circumstances, try to understand them the best we can, and try to work as hard as we can to put the team in position to have a chance to contend and a chance to continue to grow.”

George felt good about heading to Oklahoma City before.

He said Presti’s latest move is a game changer.

“Adding someone like Carmelo takes this team to another level,” he said.

Westbrook said he has respected Presti since the Thunder made him the fourth overall pick in 2008.

“He’s finding ways to constantly keep making us a better team,” Westbrook said.

Deals

T.J. Warren signed a $50 million, four-year contract extension with the Phoenix Suns. The 6-foot-8 forward, nicknamed “Tony Buckets” by teammates, is entering his fourth NBA season. He averaged career highs of 14.4 points and 5.1 rebounds over 66 games last season. After the All-Star break, he averaged 17.6 points and shot 56 percent from the field. … The Chicago Bulls say they have re-signed forward Nikola Mirotic. The Bulls did not announce the terms Tuesday, though a person familiar with the situation said two days earlier that two-year deal could pay as much as $27 million. The club holds an option for the second season.