Sam Presti, Thunder front office received death threats after trading Paul George
In a report by Perris Jones of ABC-affiliate KOCO News, a man left two voicemails threatening the Thunder’s front office, coaches, and general manager Sam Presti. A transcript of the voice mail read in part below:
The man claimed that he hails from Virginia and said that he doesn’t care if the Thunder report him to the police. He also made a bomb reference and threatened to bomb everyone in Oklahoma when he visits there. He then made a second voice mail which was directly threated Thunder general manager Sam Presti and his family.
The Thunder for their part said in a statement:
“We defer to the authorities and they can handle the situation as they see fit.”
To recall, the Thunder sent George, a six-time All-Star, to the Clippers for a record-amount of draft picks, as well as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari. Reports reveal that it was George who requested a trade.
Analysts read the deal as a signal that the Thunder are about to press the reset button and rebuild their roster. Several days after the George deal, the Thunder traded former league MVP Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets.