Monday, August 11, 2014

Drake's Mouth Costs His Team $25,000

Written by Biz Jones

Young Money's Drake has reportedly cost his Toronto Raptors $25,000 after making a public plea for Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant.

According to reports, the team ambassador's comments at his OVO Fest last week ended up becoming costly for the Raps.

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Toronto Raptors global ambassador and semi-famous musician of note Drake thought he could escape the NBA's tentacles by recruiting concert attendee Kevin Durant to Toronto in the safe confines of thousands of fans at OVO Fest in Toronto. He was sorely mistaken. "Hearing Raptors fined $25,000 for comments Drake made at a concert about Kevin Durant that were seen as violation of anti-tampering rules" (SB Nation)
Footage of Drizzy making his plea for KD to join his Raptors in the future went viral last week.

"Before we leave, I just want to show one of my brothers something," Drake announced to the crowd. "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 Oklahoma City Thunder star and reigning NBA MVP then received an ovation from the crowd, which reportedly launched into a "KD" chant. (ESPN)

Reports claim Durant has another two seasons to go before being able to switch teams.

Durant becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016 and various teams -- notably his home-state Washington Wizards as well as the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers -- are already known to be positioning themselves to have sufficient salary-cap space to make a run at him. (ESPN)
Last year, Drake made headlines after becoming the Raptors' team ambassador.

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The hip-hop star will also launch a clothing line in conjunction with the team. Most intriguingly, he is being asked to consult on a complete redesign of the club's image to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the franchise in the 2014-15 season. According to sources at MLSE, everything about the team is on the table . . . aside from the name. Give up your Huskies dreams. MLSE and Drake are sticking with dinosaurs. Going forward, this will be more than a business arrangement. It would be wrong to call what comes next a renaissance. That would imply that the Raptors have a legacy to build on. After 18 years, all they have is one playoff series win and Vinsanity to draw from. That's it. It's within Drake's power to change that. (The Toronto Star)

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