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SportThunder’s Sam Presti, Billy Donovan receive death threats over recent moves

16:30  18 july  2019
16:30  18 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Report: Thunder GM played Clippers, Raptors against each other

Report: Thunder GM played Clippers, Raptors against each other The Oklahoma City Thunder received an unprecedented haul from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Paul George trade, and that is because general manager Sam Presti played an unfortunate situation to perfection. According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Presti managed to play the Clippers and Toronto Raptors against each other once George asked to be traded, which was earlier in the week. The Clippers and Raptors knew acquiring George would likely be the move that would allow them to sign Leonard, and Presti used that to his advantage.

and Houston respectively, Thunder GM Sam Presti and coach Billy Donovan have apparently been mentioned in a threat from an angry OKC supporter. ‼️breaking: angry fan threatens thunder staff. Court documents say the fan left threatening voice messages after recent trades.

Tom Thibodeau was available but Sam Presti hired Billy Donovan instead. If Donovan can rehabilitate Singler, I'm sold on him being one of the best coaches in the league. Until then, he' s an improvement over Brooks but his short rotations are a huge weak spot.

Thunder’s Sam Presti, Billy Donovan receive death threats over recent moves© Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited Thunder general manager Sam Presti and head coach Billy Donovan have received death threats after trading away Paul George and Russell Westbrook, according to KOCO 5 News in Oklahoma City, which cited court documents.

Presti and Donovan received threatening voice messages from an angry fan, who said he wanted to kill the GM and coach and he threatened both of their families. The suspect also used a bomb reference as he said he wants to "blow things up."

"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."

Report: Russell Westbrook, Thunder discussing possibility of trade

Report: Russell Westbrook, Thunder discussing possibility of trade The Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook are at a crossroads, and both sides may be ready to move on. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Westbrook’s agent, Thad Foucher, is discussing Westbrook’s next steps with Thunder general manager Sam Presti. One of those steps could be exploring trade possibilities, with both sides recognizing that the time may have come after an 11-year partnership to explore external possibilities.

Sam Presti said he anticipates Billy Donovan to return as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder next season. "We anticipate Billy [ Donovan ] being back," said Presti . Presti was asked to clarify what he meant by the qualifier "anticipate." "I wouldn't expect anything to change," he said.

While many questioned Billy Donovan as the Thunder head coach, general manager Sam Presti made the right decision to bring Donovan back for another season. You'll now receive the top OKC Thunder Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.

The Thunder responded to the issue, saying: "We defer to the authorities and they can handle the situation as they see fit."

Police are continuing to investigate and have a search warrant to investigate where the call originated and the cellphone that was used to make the calls. Court documents revealed that the man said he's from Virginia, and doesn't care if he's reported to the police.

The reported threats come after Oklahoma City shifted toward a rebuild this offseason sending George to the Clippers for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, five first-round draft picks and the rights to first-round pick swaps in 2023 and 2025.

Is Thunder fire sale a sign for Billy Donovan to go back to college?

Is Thunder fire sale a sign for Billy Donovan to go back to college? Come on back to campus, Billy Donovan. Come back to college basketball, where you’re a once and future king. Have your choice of some plum jobs that could be coming open. Win a couple more national titles. Get away from the NBA and the looming rebuild in Oklahoma City. All around you, superstar alliances are sprouting up. Meanwhile, your roster has been stripped for spare parts and draft picks — Paul George gone, now Russell Westbrook gone, and you’re left with 34-year-old Chris Paul as the new centerpiece.

Thunder GM Sam Presti refers to his team as a "program." In Donovan he’ll bring in a man who, through both recruiting and coaching, built a fine Donovan , to his benefit, will have significantly better talent at his disposal than Pitino ever did. Last Pitino took over an NBA team it was headlined by

Billy Donovan ' s decision is obvious: He should leave Florida to coach Thunder . Donovan also has a solid relationship with the front office and is close enough to Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti that he’ s sent two of his staff members to Oklahoma City, D League coach Mark Daigneault

In another blockbuster move, the Thunder traded Westbrook to the Rockets and received Chris Paul, two first-round picks and the rights to first-round pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.

Oklahoma City made the playoffs nine of the last 10 seasons, but were eliminated in the first round each of the last three years. The Thunder had hoped to win a championship in the near future, but it likely will take some time as the franchise rebuilds.

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