WATCH: Drake makes a pitch to NBA star Kevin Durant to play for the Toronto Raptors at OVO Fest on August 4, 2014.
TORONTO – NBA superstar Kevin Durant is one of the top basketball players in the world and Toronto-born hip-hop star Drake wants him to play for the Toronto Raptors.
The rap artist and Raptors’ global brand ambassador made the pitch to the five-time NBA All-Star and current league MVP during Monday night’s OVO Fest.
A video of Drake attempting to lure the 6-foot 9-inch small forward was posted on YouTube this week and has since quickly piqued the interest of basketball fans in Toronto.
“Yo, before we leave, I just want to show one of my brothers something. You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us,” Drake told a crowd of fans.
“I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.”
Durant’s contract ends in 2016 and he will likely become the hottest free agent on the market if he decides to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team he currently plays for.
Despite Drake’s hail mary from centre court, Durant did lob a shout out for the support on Twitter.
Canada’s largest city has been a wasteland for top NBA players over the years with many high-priced talents choosing to play elsewhere.
These include the likes of Damon Stoudamire, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter and Chris Bosh.
This past season, the team however reached the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and initiated a successful public relations campaign to attract fans called “We The North.”
The Raptors are slated to host the NBA All-Star game in 2016.