Report: Toronto Raptors Fined $25K Over Drake's Shout Out to Kevin Durant

NBA team pays up after rapper violated anti-recruiting rules during OVO Fest.

Posted: 08/11/2014 04:24 PM EDT
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Drake's wishful thinking cost the Toronto Raptors $25,000. 

The team was fined by the NBA after Drizzy made comments towards Kevin Durant, which were deemed a "recruiting pitch," ESPN reports. Drake, who was named global ambassador for the Raptors in 2013, gave a playful shout out to Durant to close out the OVO Fest last week. 

"Before we leave, I  just want to show one of my brothers something," he told the crowd with Durant in the among the bunch. "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. Let him know what would happen."

The Toronto crowd immediately started cheering, and began chanting the athlete's name. 

Drizzy's public pitch violated the league's anti-tampering rules. According to ESPN's senior writer Marc Stein, the Raptors probably aren't too upset about the fine. "Realistically, $25,000 is a small price to pay and I think quietly they will be happy to pay it," Stein said. "It's not the worst publicity in the world for Toronto to now be lumped into this ever growing club of teams that we expect to make a play for Kevin Durant."

There's a reason why teams like the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks are already vying for KD. The Oklahoma City Thunder small forward, and current MVP, averaged a career high of 32 points per game last season. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2016. 

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(Photos from Left: Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Christopher Polk/Getty Images For ESPYS)

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