The Toronto Raptors have been fined a reported $25,000 by the NBA over Drake's comments about Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant at a Toronto concert last weekend. The team's global ambassador acknowledged the league's reigning MVP in the crowd and asked the five-time All-Star to consider Toronto as a free agent destination next summer.
"My brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us," Drake said to his audience. "I just want him to see what would happen if he were to come play in Toronto."
The crowd responded to his remarks with a "KD" chant.
Durant, 25, is set to become a free agent following the 2014-15 NBA season.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the league viewed Drake's remarks as a violation of the league's anti-tampering rules.
Durant was among a number of athlete guests at Drake's annual OVO Festival at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre last Monday, including Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.