NBA fines Raptors for Drake’s Durant pitch

First Published Aug 16 2014 11:01PM      Last Updated Aug 16 2014 11:01 pm

New York • The NBA has fined the Toronto Raptors for tampering after rapper Drake let Kevin Durant know he was wanted in Canada.

Drake is a "global ambassador" for Canada’s NBA club. He was performing at a concert that Durant was attending last week in Toronto when he shouted to the crowd to show the league’s MVP what it would be like if he came to play for the Raptors, causing a loud ovation.

An NBA spokesman confirmed the fine, which ESPN.com reported Monday was for $25,000.

Durant can become a free agent after the 2015-16 season. He has spent his entire career with the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise.

The Raptors could have avoided the fine if they had just fired Drake as the team’s global ambassador, accoridng to The Globe and Mail.





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