The Raptors want to play subsequent season in Toronto. Nonetheless, journey from the USA to Canada is presently restricted — together with a 14-day quarantine — and, contemplating the enhance in optimistic assessments within the USA not too long ago, these restrictions might stay for some time.
That has the Raptors contemplating a stateside residence for subsequent season, particularly if the season begins Dec. 22. Newark, the previous house of the New Jersey Nets, is an possibility, stories Stefan Bondy of the New York Every day Information. He additionally lists different attainable stops.
The Raptors have spoken to the operators of the Prudential Heart about utilizing their 19,500-seat area, in keeping with a supply. It’s one of some choices for Masai Ujiri’s squad, and a desire for the NBA due to its shut proximity to all of Toronto’s division foes.
The Raptors have additionally mentioned taking part in in Tampa Bay or Nashville or as tenants in one other NBA staff’s area, in keeping with a supply. Kansas Metropolis pitched its T-Cellular Heart. Louisville was floated and reportedly shot down. There’s been hypothesis concerning the staff shifting over the border to Buffalo, similar to the Toronto Blue Jays over the last MLB season. Whereas a few of these locations supply a hotter local weather, none can match the geographical sense of The Rock.
Louisville is useless as a possible house base. Past that, nearly any metropolis with an NBA-ready area could make a case. Probably, there is not going to be followers within the constructing for these video games — or if that’s the case, it possible will likely be a restricted variety of followers later within the season — so the fan base will not be a consideration. The power to scale back journey will definitely issue into the choice, which favors Newark. Finally, the Raptors will select the very best monetary supply
A choice on the Raptors’ subsequent transfer will likely be primarily based on when the season begins and if the supply of fast testing for the coronavirus would enable the Raptors to play in Toronto as a result of the quarantine interval would go away. As soon as the NBA and gamers union agree on the look and timing of subsequent season, anticipate a Raptors choice shortly.
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