The caller allegedly threatened Thunder General Manager Sam Presti and his family along with the team’s front office and coaches, said he didn’t care whether the team called the police and claimed he would beat everyone who works for the team.
“Y’all traded Paul George but kept Raymond Felton,” the man said, according to a transcript of one of the voice mails. “You kept Andre Roberson. Do y’all not love Russell Westbrook? I hope he kill everybody. I want to kill everybody.”
In the first call, the man threatened to “blow things up if he ever went to Oklahoma,” according to KOCO-TV.
“We defer to the authorities, and they can handle the situation as they see fit,” the Thunder said in a statement to KOCO-TV.
Oklahoma City police obtained a search warrant to investigate the man’s cellphone and the location of the calls.
Over the past month, the Thunder underwent an unexpected roster overhaul that left the franchise virtually unrecognizable.
After prized free agent Kawhi Leonard requested George’s services as a prerequisite to join the Clippers, Oklahoma City traded him. That move left Westbrook as the only star left on a somewhat depleted roster and wanting out. Westbrook, who had been with the Thunder since the franchise moved from Seattle, eventually got his wish when he was shipped to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and a bevy of first-round picks.
Westbrook rejoined former Thunder teammate James Harden, while Paul, who reportedly wanted out of Oklahoma City, now appears likely to stay put this season.