Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – The Toronto Raptors are fined $25,000 by the NBA after the team’s global ambassador and rap star, Drake, called out the reigning MVP Kevin Durant in a recent concert.
Drake’s action was regarded as a violation of the leagues anti-tampering rules.
The rapper acknowledged the all-star’s presence while on stage, “You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us.”
“I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto,” Drake added.
The crowd reacted to Drake’s statements and chants of “KD” filled the place.
The NBA saw this as a public recruiting pitch from the Raptors’ ambassador.
The all-star forward will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016 and some teams are already preparing their cap space for him.
The Washington Wizards (Durant’s home-state), New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly getting their salary-cap ready for Durant in 2016.
Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists last season, in a runner-up finish behind the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference.