Just a year ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder surprised the NBA world by locking up Paul George to a long term deal, amid years of rumors that he was destined to play in Los Angeles. George went on to garner MVP consideration, and looked like a pretty formidable pairing with Russell Westbrook.
Unfortunately for Thunder fans, injuries derailed the end of George’s season. The Thunder bowed out in the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Months later, and both superstars are gone. The Thunder traded George to the Los Angeles Clippers, helping facilitate the signing of Kawhi Leonard, for a giant haul of picks, as well as promising young guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and forward Danilo Gallinari.
That signaled a teardown for the Thunder for the first time since the team took the trio of eventual MVPs—Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden—in the NBA Draft.
Westbrook was dealt to the Houston Rockets to reunite with Harden, ending that era.
Many have praised Thunder general manager Sam Presti for the huge haul of picks and young assets that he accrued in the Paul George and Russell Westbrook deals, but not everyone is thrilled with the moves.
According to KOCO5 in Oklahoma City, police are investigating death threats made to Presti and head coach Billy Donovan after the moves.
A search warrant, which was filed this week, reveals that the man left two voicemails threatening the Thunder’s front office, coaches and general manager Sam Presti.
“Y’all traded Paul George but kept Raymond Felton. You kept Andre Roberson. Do y’all not love Russell Westbrook?” reads a transcript of one of the voicemails. “I hope he kill everybody. I want to kill everybody.”
Per the report, the man also made a reference to potentially “blowing things up,” an obvious rough subject for those in Oklahoma City, and called back five minutes with more threatening messages for Presti.
Authorities have obtained a warrant to investigate the man who made the calls, who reportedly lives in Virginia.