It may have seemed like a little harmless fun when the official global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors – Drake – made some lighthearted jokes about Kevin Durant coming to play for the Raps. The NBA clearly did not agree.
The Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for violating the anti-tampering rules in place with the league. It has been deemed a public recruiting pitch by the rapper when he got the crowd to chat “K-D” and advised this would be the type of response he would receive nightly if he came to Toronto to continue his career in 2016.
Not only is this a little too “by the book” for my liking, it was also the biggest waste of time and money by the Toronto Raptors and Drake. There is exactly ZERO percent chance Kevin Durant leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Toronto Raptors.
I have asked the question before as to whether Durant will stay in OKC but there is no chance he leaves the Thunder for the Raptors. IF and it is a very big IF, Durant actually does flee OKC in 2016, the smart money is a move to a big market team with a chance at an NBA title.
The Toronto Raptors have neither. Essentially, the Raptors just threw away $25k for making a bit of a joke. Pretty rough.
Kevin Durant is a loyal man. He has given his all to the Thunder organization thus far and has always put his team and team success ahead of his own. Even at arguably the crowning moment of his career thus far, he thanked everyone for the help and support they provided him – allowing him to become the leagues Most Valuable Player. It’s just who he is. So while Durant was appreciative of the love shown by Drake and Toronto, his loyalty lies with OKC.
Durant also wants to achieve the ultimate success. It is why you do what you do, and the Thunder organization have been actively planning for this moment for a long time. KD is surrounded by talent, young up and coming stars, veteran role players and when 2016 hits – there will be additional financial flexibility. Other suitors will come, but OKC has to be the front runner – especially if they can win a title in the next two years.
So unfortunately, Drake and the Toronto Raptors are going to fall short of the mark in recruiting the MVP and will now be short of about $25k in their cash flow.