Technically speaking, Raptors Ambassador could be accused of tampering…
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is set to become a free agent in 2016, and rapper Drake has made a pitch for him to join the Toronto Raptors.
During the OVO Fest in Toronto, Drake gave a shout out to the reigning NBA MVP, and asked the crowd to make it clear how they would feel about the 25-year-old joining the Raptors.
Despite there being two more years until Durant has to make that decision, speculation has already begun over his future with a return to his home city of Washington reportedly the most realistic option if he decides to leave the Thunder.
However, Drake has also seemingly started the push early, although by the letter of the law, he could potentially fall foul of the NBA’s rules on tampering.
It is understood that “an employee of an NBA team can’t permissibly “induce, persuade, or attempt to entice, induce or persuade, any Player who is under contract to, or whose exclusive negotiating rights are held by, any other Member of the Association to enter into negotiations for or relating to his services or negotiate or contract for such services,” Pro Basketball Talk reports.
Drake is deemed to be a representative of the Raptors given his position with the organisation, but ultimately it is likely that the only way this will be followed up is if the Thunder opt to press the issue by formally bringing it to the attention of the NBA.
Nevertheless, aside from the expletive at the end of the video, hear what Drake had to say to Durant whilst on stage in his initial attempt to get him to move to Toronto in two years time: