Toronto Raptors eye Tampa if travel restricted due to coronavirus


The Toronto Raptors have identified Tampa, Florida, as “an option” to be their home market for the 2020-21 season if they are unable to play in Canada, team sources confirmed to ESPN.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, the Canadian government requires any “non-essential” travelers to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival in Canada. Meeting that requirement would be a challenge for teams scheduled to fly into town for a handful of days to play the Raptors.

The Raptors are considering other locations as well and have yet to make a final decision.

SportsNet first reported the possibility of the temporary relocation to Florida for the season.

The 72-game NBA season is set to begin on Dec. 22.



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