The Toronto Raptors are doing everything they can to stay in Canada for the next season ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
In an op-ed published in The Toronto Star, general manager Masai Ujiri expressed his belief that the team will find a way to remain in Scotiabank Arena.
“We hope, very much, that our new normal will be here in Toronto. We hope to play next season in Scotiabank Arena, even if our fans can’t join us in person.”
However, public health will be the priority for the Raptors, as Ujiri wrote.
“And, of course, we want to do this safely, smartly and responsibly. We wouldn’t even suggest doing it any other way. Public health is the priority. Period.”
The Raptors are considering all the available options, as the start date approaches on December 22. Many cities in the US expressed their willingness to accommodate the team’s home games for the 2020/21 campaign.
Several reports suggested that Tampa Bay, Nashville, Kansas City and Buffalo are among the prospective cities.
“Cities in the United States have been very kind to us — they’ve offered us a home away from home. To them, I say: Thank you. To you, I say that I hope we get to tell them we won’t be able to take them up on their generous offer.”