NBA’s Raptors denied permission to play in Canada, head to Tampa

NBA’s Raptors denied permission to play in Canada, head to Tampa

The Toronto Raptors are keeping Fred VanVleet in their backcourt, agreeing to a four-year deal with the guard worth $85 million, Sportsnet's Michael Grange can confirm. I'm not sure that's possible for us - we love Toronto and Canada, and we know we have the best fans in the National Basketball Association. "For now, I'll ask you to cheer us from afar and we'll look forward to the day we are together again".

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that they will begin the 2020-21 National Basketball Association season playing out of Tampa, Florida, and not Toronto.

After finishing last National Basketball Association season in a bubble outside Orlando, the franchise will have to temporarily relocate to Tampa, as the Canadian government has denied the team's request to host home games at Scotiabank Arena.

The NBA season is scheduled to begin on December 22, with training camps starting around December 1.

The Raptors will remain in the NBA's Atlantic Division.

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The Raptors have reportedly been discussing a plan to play games at Amalie Arena since late October as it became clear that coronavirus regulations and Canadian travel restrictions made playing an National Basketball Association season outside the United States unlikely.

VanVleet, who initially signed with the Raptors in July of 2016 after going undrafted that year, spent much of his first pro season - and a bit of his second - with the G League's Raptors 905. The team had worked out several arrangements with the NHL's Panthers, including even sharing the club's practice facility.

The Canadian government required a comprehensive public health plan and written support from local health officials.

The Toronto Blue Jays know what it feels like to be displaced.

Kansas City officials and congressional leaders from Kansas and Missouri had sought to bring the Raptors to Kansas City, offering the downtown T-Mobile Center as a temporary home for the team during the pandemic. The stricter measures come as Ontario reports 1,418 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, including 393 in Toronto.

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